ICC T20 win to herald new era in Pakistan cricket : Alam

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Karachi, June, 25 (ANI): Joyous by his team's brilliant performance to win the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, Pakistan cricket coach Intikhab Alam has expressed the hope that the win would propel Pakistan on the international stage, and mark the start of a new era in the game's history in the country.

Alam said the win has helped Pakistan regain the lost glory, and proved to be a shot in the arm for Pakistan cricket.

"The World Cup should be a beginning of a bright era in our cricket and we should translate that success into more such results in the future," The News quoted Alam, as saying.

Alam said winning the coveted title has boosted the morale and confidence of the players, and hoped that Pakistan would continue its winning streak during the forthcoming Sri Lanka tour.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 game against Sri Lanka during a six-wee-long tour.

The tour would be Pakistan's first full overseas visit since the 2007 India series.

Alam admitted that Sri Lanka are a tough side to beat in their own backyard, but said that his players are ready to give the islanders a tough fight.

"It's very important that we carry on winning. Sri Lanka is always a tough assignment. The playing conditions and the weather with all the heat and humidity can make things really difficult," he said.

Referring to the return of experienced middle-order batsman Mohammad Yousuf in the national team, Alam said his return has 'balanced' the team.

"Yousuf's return is certainly good news for us.He will strengthen our batting line-up," he added. (ANI)

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