Younis Khan hopes of winning major titles in next two years

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Lahore, Aug.11 (ANI): Notwithstanding rumours of rift in the Pakistan cricket team and match fixing allegations during the just concluded Sri Lanka One-Day series, captain Younis Khan has said his team would win major tournaments in next two years.

Interacting with media persons after winning the fifth and final match of the ODI series, Khan said he had a pool of 20 cricketers in mind who will win 'either the Champions Trophy this year or the 2011 World Cup.'

He expressed hope that if selectors and team management supported him and players perform according to their capability, Pakistan can surely pocket major tournaments in near future.

"The pool of players includes some talented players and if things go well and everyone including the board, selectors, team management and players fulfill their roles properly I am sure we can win one of the two big tournaments coming up," The Nation quoted Khan, as saying.

Khan said he would have loved to have the same authority that former captain Imran Khan enjoyed during his days.

"When Imran was captain things were different. There were fewer people running the board, there were just a few selectors. So I don't think it is possible to get the same authority that Imran had. But if it can happen I would love to have that authority and call the shots," he said.

Khan rejected reports that he is in favour of dropping vice-captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf from the team.

He also criticized former players for fanning rumours about fissures in the squad and match-fixing.

"If we perform badly I don't mind being criticized but the criticism should be logical and based on facts and figures it should not be personal. That only hurts the team. Some of our former players need to realize that," Khan said. (ANI)

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