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Pakistan Captain Younus Khan Wants to Tour by Sarfaraz Khan

Pakistan"s Twenty20 captain Younus Khan wants to tour his team despite the uncertain security.

"Everybody's following Twenty20 and now we are champions it would be good if we could get some home series," he said as he also announced his T20 retirement.

"I'd like all the countries to come to Pakistan again. The situation is not good but it's not our fault.

"If there isn't any cricket in Pakistan how can we motivate the youngsters."

Unfortunately Pakistan have suffered by their politic recently when their hosting rights for the 2011 World cup were taken away. Pakistan is currently suffering with political problems and constant acts of terrorism.

In March the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by gun men as it headed to a test match inLahore.

But Younus insisted: "I would say to the world, please come to Pakistan and play. I am very proud of my nation, I'm a proud man and this victory is good for all of us."

Other than the ill-fated series against Sri Lanka earlier this year, they have not hosted a home Test series since South Africa visited in October 2007 and their last one-day series was at home to Bangladesh over a year ago.

Younus, draped in a Pakistan flag as he spoke to journalists after the game, dedicated the final triumph to former coach Bob Woolmer, who died suddenly in Jamaica during the 2007 World Cup.

"This final must be dedicated to Bob because he did a lot of good for us, especially my cricket," said Younus. "He would be very proud if he was still alive.

"He was a father figure for us at that time. He was the guy who kept saying to the chairman and the selectors that Younus would be the next captain and because of him I have become a captain."

Younus reflected on Pakistan's remarkable journey through the tournament, which featured a solitary win against the Netherlands amid defeats to England and Sri Lanka early on.

"It's fantastic. We were the underdogs and nobody picked us. But we certainly turned it on in the big games."
Shahid Afridi's return to form with the bat was a vital aspect. He hit half-centuries in both the semi-final and final - picking up the man-of-the-match award each time.

Younus said of Afridi: "We need him at the top of the order, especially in the one-day game. He knows that he's a match-winner for us. Especially in the last two innings, he was really fantastic for us."

Afridi who using CA cricket helmets, once a big hitter to make all bowling attacks run scared, had been in poor form with the bat in recent times.
The 29-year-old, part of the side beaten in the 1999 World Cup and the 2007 Twenty20 final, said his skipper had helped him to rediscover his form in this tournament.

"The last two and a half, three years I have bowled really well but I was struggling with my batting.

"Younus gave me good confidence. I told him that I wanted to bat at number three in the order and he said OK, if you're confident just go and play. Don't worry about anything, just go.

"The guys really motivated themselves and Younus really supported the guys and told us to go and enjoy our cricket. Twenty20 is all about enjoyment and entertainment, if you do this then you perform well."

Experienced batsman Shoaib Malik who woodworm cricket equipment including cricket pads was part of the match-winning stand with Afridi, as Pakistan nervelessly chased a target of 139 to win by eight wickets with eight balls remaining.

"I think it was a pressure game. When I was on my way to batting I just kept thinking about that, that I had to stay there until the 20th over and I did it," said Malik.

It was Afridi who played the big shots, though, as Malik acknowledged.

"The way Shahid was batting too was awesome. I was saying to him please stay at the wicket, if you stay at the wicket I will also get some runs and if we stand together I'm sure we can finish the game. He is a great cricketer."

Explaining why he was choosing to retire from Twenty20 cricket, Younus added: "I am now 34, I am old for this kind of cricket. The good thing is we have some good youngsters."

Beaten captain Kumar Sangakkara said his bowlers had done his country proud, calling them "the best bowling unit in the world at the moment and they are expert in use cricket balls in variations to beat any batsman of world."

He added: "It was always tough for our bowling unit to keep defending totals right throughout the tournament when we probably could have scored 20 runs more.

"Hopefully we can get stronger, get better, and learn from what we've done as we've got a lot more crickets coming up. We'll really look forward to more cricket to toughen us up both physically and mentally."

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Two Mega Cricket Events in the Row †ICC World Cup and Indian Premier League by rahul kumar

The lately concluded indian premier league has seen a lot of ups and downs in the past three years of its existence. It has always had some controversy or the other connected to it, be the bidding of players, exclusion of Pakistani players by the owners, slapping of a fielder by another on the field, owners walking out on their team, rumors of love relationships starting off the field, match fixing, populace twitting about IPL secrets, so on and so forth, The list is quite big.

Indian premier league managed to bring in the sort of celebrity and name to Lalit Modi that nothing else could have possibly done, he says he has seen many ups and downs in his life and the recent showdown is not no matter which but a passing phase. But credit must be given to him for all the effort he has put in the past three years to bring IPL to a stage where it currently is. Only this man had the guts to get Indian premier league moved out to South Africa and get all the preparations done in such a short notice, when players from abroad showed apprehensions about security in India after 26/11. Only this man had the guts to bring business tycoons like Mukesh Ambani & Vijay Mallaya opposite each other hostility to win the bids for cricket players and still support him enthusiastically when the entire BCCI crowd turned their back on him.

Many hard core cricket fans call ipl t20 Indian premier league a mockery of cricket, a circus, just a mere business where a number of people are minting money cuz one nation is so crazy about this one game. But you may say whatever; IPL has provided some good cricketing action, mind-blowing entertainment to all hardcore fans of cricket in India, where cricket is nothing less than a religion and Sachin Tendulkar a God of cricket.

Australia must be counted among the favorites’ for the icc world cup 2011. Their ODI record in 2010 speaks for itself; in 21 matches played they have won 15, losing just five, while one match ended without result. Compare this with India's evidence in 2010; India have played 21 matches, and won 12, while losing 9. Importantly, they lost the Asia Cup, involving four teams, in January, and did better as the year rolled on, and in their last match, the effectual final of the tri-series in Sri Lanka, lost chasing 300 to win.

Australia must be counted among the favorites for the icc cricket world cup 2011. Their ODI record in 2010 speaks for itself; in 21 matches played they have won 15, losing just five, while one match ended without result. Compare this with India's evidence in 2010; India have played 21 matches, and won 12, while losing 9. 123newyears gives all online details about icc world cup and ipl t20 cricket tournament, dates, schedule, matches, players, history, groups, events, tickets, countries, players history,world cup wining countries and more.

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All Teams have worked on Indian team by johnrik1

India will have to quickly come up with a new Twenty20 game plan, particularly against the rising ball, to stay in the top bracket of the game's shortest format, Lalchand Rajput, who coached the 2007 cup-winning side, has warned. Rajput said the biggest difference between then and now is that other teams had caught up with India over the last two years, largely due to the experience their players have gained in the two IPL seasons since then.
Rajput described India's knockout from the ICC World Twenty20 on Sunday as "frightening" and said the two straight defeats against West Indies and England in the Super Eights stage had "hurt a lot" personally. He also said that talk of a rift between Dhoni and an injured Virender Sehwag appeared to have affected the players and added that Sehwag's loss impacted the team's performance.
"Most of the teams have worked out what they need to do against India," Rajput told. "Just look at how West Indies and England worked on their bouncers against India. They did that very well because they knew that some of our players were not comfortable against the bouncing ball. They used that weapon very well, which is difficult to do in this format. So we should give credit to England and West Indies. Most of the foreign players in World Twenty20 have also played two seasons of IPL. So all the other teams have got a hang of Twenty20, and there's better planning in place this time on what should be done and what should not be. India will have to be watchful now and come up with something different."
Talk of a rift within the team did not help matters either, Rajput said. "Such issues play a bit of a role in the minds of the players," he said. "This time, to start with, there was talk of a rift between Viru [Sehwag] and Dhoni. Then the team got together to show their strength in front of the media. The media also had a role to play. These things were also causes for the team's performance."
Dhoni had lined up the entire team before the Indian media during a pre-tournament press conference following reports over a rift between the captain and his opening batsman. The reports suggested the captain was upset with Sehwag for not illuminating the extent of his shoulder injury that finally ruled him out of the tournament - Dhoni has repeatedly denied this.
Sehwag's lack was a huge blow, Rajput said. "Sehwag's absence was definitely felt because he is a match-winner," he said. "He is a killer of bowling attacks. Once he gets going, the bowling looks so easy, and he puts so much pressure on the opposite team. His lack must have damage the team."
Rajput, however, dismissed suggestions that mental tiredness and pressure might have contributed to the team's dismal performance. Gary Kirsten, the team's coach, and Dilip Vengsarkar, the former chief selector, had admitted last month that they were concerned about "mental tiredness" and "too much" as the team had been on the road since February 20 when they left for the New Zealand tour followed by the IPL. "There will always be pressure, especially during a big event like the World Cup," Rajput said. "This time the hope was very high. But we should not forget that the other teams have also come up very well. The fatigue factor has been the same for all teams because most of their players played in the IPL, except for the Australians."
Asked about Sunday's loss, India's second straight defeat in the Super Eights, Rajput said that not playing Yuvraj Singh at No. 4 was a mistake, especially after he had scored 67 off 43 balls in that position against West Indies on Friday.
"Decisions are analyzed only after the team has done badly," he said. "But I would have preferred Yuvraj coming in at No. 4. That would have made a difference because he was in really good nick in the last game [against West Indies]. Of course, this is all in hindsight. But Ravindra Jadeja took a number of balls [25 off 35 balls] against England while Yuvraj could have done better and got going by then."
According to Rajput, the first step for India now is to beat South Africa, which has been the best team in the tournament so far. "The loss is past, and the team has to think about the present," Rajput said. "The team now has to focus on beating South Africa and salvage their pride. Remember, that we beat South Africa in the second stage of the 2007 World Cup. When you are out of a tournament, the body language goes down because they know that they can't qualify for the semi-finals. So this is the time they have to raise their body language, and start believing that they can beat the best team in the tournament, which is South Africa."
Rajput was India's coach for nearly a year from the England tour of 2007 till the Australia tour that ended with the VB series win in early 2008. He bridged the gap after the controversial exit of Greg Chappell in April 2007 and the arrival of Gary Kirsten in March 2008. India's Twenty20 World Cup win was the team's biggest achievement in that period when they traveled to South Africa, the venue, as rank outsiders without the burden of expectations.
Rajput said it was "different this time" but he still couldn't accept the fact that the defending champions had been knocked out so early. "It is a very disheartening experience," he said. "I can't take it because we won the title last time and I was looking forward to the team defending that title. What hurt me was the way we went out. I expected the team to qualify for the semi-finals at least. Going out in the Super Eights stage it has hurt a lot. India didn't deserve to be out of the tournament because they were the favorites to win it."
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