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Younis Khan expresses pride in leading Pakistan in WCL 2024

Younis also mentioned players from other countries, reminiscing about the many memories of playing against them

Younis Khan expresses pride in leading Pakistan in WCL 2024 PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Champions captain Younis Khan has expressed his pride in leading the team in the ongoing World Championship of Legends (WCL) 2024 in England.

Pakistan had a strong performance in the group stage, winning four out of five matches. They secured their spot in the semi-finals with dominant victories over Australia, India, West Indies, and England, which also boosted their Net Run Rate (NRR).

Speaking to local news channel ahead of the semi-final, Younis shared his excitement about playing in the WCL and reuniting with many former cricket stars.

“It felt really good,” said Younis when asked about his experience in WCL so far. “Because there are so many players against whom we have played for so long, it is really great to share the ground and the dressing room with them," Younis said.

“It feels great that the spirit is still high [like the old days], and it is a proud moment for me that I’m leading all these players with whom I started my cricket [journey]. The response of our players is amazing because I don’t get to do a lot [of work as captain], as everyone in the team is doing his job,” he further added.

Younis also mentioned players from other countries, reminiscing about the many memories of playing against them.

“Everyone, I mean if I talk about players. From South Africa we have Jacques Kallis, and Imran Tahir, from India, there are Yousuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, from Australia we have [Aaron] Finch, and Brett Lee. We have played against [all of] them for so long and there are profound memories," Younis said.

The semi-final schedule for the World Championship of Legends 2024 was confirmed after South Africa defeated India in the last league game. Despite the loss, India qualified for the semi-finals, needing 153 runs to advance and scoring 156/6 in 20 overs.

India will face Australia in the second semi-final, while Pakistan will take on the West Indies in the first semi-final.

Australia finished at the top of the points table after defeating the West Indies by 55 runs. Both Australia and Pakistan ended with eight points from five league matches, but Australia had a superior Net Run Rate (NRR) of +2.464 compared to Pakistan's +1.644.