Lahore, June 24 (ANI): Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has said that the thumping win against the New Zealand in the 'super eight' match of the ICC Twenty20 World Championship was the turning point of the tournament for his team.
Akmal, who emerged as one of Pakistan's star performers during the championship, said that it was captain Younus Khan and the team management, who motivated him and asked him to open the batting after initial hiccups in the tournament.
"I should say the credit goes to the team management and our skipper Younus Khan who backed me up. In team meetings, he backed all senior players, indeed, he backed every player which eventually translated into our performance," The Nation quoted Akmal, as saying.
Thanking the people of the country for their support and love, Akmal admitted that Pakistan was not the favorite team to win the trophy, but added that his side was a serious contender.
"I have to thank our nation. It was their prayers that played such a great role in our victory," he added.
Commenting on the 2011 World Cup hosting rights issue, Akmal said the event should not be shifted from Pakistan, and expressed hope that international cricket would soon return to the country.
"World Cup is our right and other international cricket matches should also be arranged here," he said. (ANI)