Pakistan want to win it for Woolmer

Published: Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 8:48 [IST]
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Pakistan want to do it for Woolmer

London: Pakistan captain Younis Khan has said that Pakistan are aiming to win the Twenty20 world cup as a tribute to former coach Bob Woomer.

Former Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died during the 2007 world cup, less than 24 hours after Pakistan exited the World Cup.

Younis Khan believes that success in the T20 world cup would be a fitting a tribute to the former coach who spent more than two-and-a-half years in charge, with the majority of the current squad regulars during that period.

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"He was an inspiring person for us," said Younis, whose team have overcome a slow start to reach the semi-finals.

"He was like a father figure for me and for the whole team.

"We all still miss him and if we win the World Cup I will dedicate that final game to him."

Younis still refers to Woolmer's advice for his match strategies, evident in the last few days as he has revamped the Pakistan batting order to good effect.

Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi have been shunted towards the top in a bid to stimulate some runs ahead of bigger games and both have shown signs of clicking.

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"I learned a lot of things from Bob and he was always flexible, especially in the batting order," Younis said.

"I thought we needed a couple of in-form batsmen for big games like the semi-final and final."


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