Younus aims for Test success
Younus Khan hopes Pakistan's World Twenty20 win can spur them on to success at all levels of the game.
Last Updated: 23/06/09 12:57pm
Pakistan captain Younus Khan is hoping his side can use their ICC World Twenty20 win as a springboard to the top of the Test and one-day game.
The eventual World Twenty20 winners did not make the most promising of starts to the tournament, suffering a 48-run defeat at the hands of host nation England.
However, Younus' faith in his side never wavered even when they suffered another loss to eventual finalists Sri Lanka in the Super Eights.
Now Younus, who stepped down as his country's 20-over skipper after the triumph, has set his sights on a period of Pakistan domination in all forms of cricket.
"I was always confident we could win this tournament once we started winning matches and got into a momentum. Our nation deserved a feel good moment in these hard times," he said.
"We need to show the same consistency and the same winning mentality in other forms of the sport. My dream is to see Pakistan cricket at the top in Test and one-day cricket as well."
Twenty20 was dismissed as a gimmick by some when it was introduced in 2003, but Younus is adamant that the format commands total concentration and focus.
"I realised that I had to be dead serious as captain and senior player because T20 cricket is one of the most demanding forms of the sport. It saps the energy in just 40 overs," he added.
"This win is very important for us because it gives our cricket a big boost at a time when people were losing interest in the sport with teams not visiting Pakistan."
In Lahore, hundreds of celebrating fans awaited the side at Allama Iqbal airport but they were left disappointed when the players were taken away through a side entrance.
"We feel sorry for our fans who prayed for our success and they couldn't see us. But we had to follow the advice of the security personal," coach Intikhab Alam told Reuters.