Pakistan needs to improve a lot: Younis

Karachi: Former captain Younis Khan feels Pakistan needs to improve a lot before next year’s cricket World Cup and hoped with the blend of experience and youth the side will do well in future.

“The 2011 World Cup is around the corner and we know we have a lot of improving to do before the mega event,” he said.

“That team can do well where there is a nice blend of experience and youth and where the youngsters get a chance to learn from their seniors to improve themselves,” he added.

Younis, who helped Pakistan draw the first Test against South Africa with a brilliant comeback century, credited the team’s revived fighting spirit in tough conditions to the scintillating hundred by allrounder Abdul Razzaq in the second one-day international.

“I think Razzaq’s innings in very difficult circumstances served as a catalyst for the team which had been beaten in three consecutive matches by South Africa until then,” Younis told the Pakistani media in Abu Dhabi.

“Razzaq’s innings gave us renewed hope that we can battle it out with South Africa on even ground,” said Younis, who scored 131 in his comeback Test after playing last in the Dubai Test in July, 2009 as captain.

The senior batsman said that the comeback hundred for him was not a surprise.

“I have always loved playing under pressure the more challenging the match situation and it pushes me to perform to my best,” said Younis, who was kept out of the frame by the national selectors for the last eight months.

He made it clear that since returning to the national team he had faced no issues adjusting with the other players.

“My job is to play cricket and give advice if asked by the captain. My entire focus is on cricket and that is also the case with the entire team,” he said.


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