Younis: Pakistan capable of reaching Champions Trophy semi-finals

“Like other teams, Pakistan also have a chance of doing well at the Champions Trophy”

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Legendary Pakistan batsman Younis Khan believes there is no reason why the national team cannot be part of the final four at the Champions Trophy.

Younis, who retired from international cricket earlier this month, also backed Pakistan to triumph over India in their Champions Trophy opener at Edgbaston on Sunday.

In addition to India, Pakistan will also take on Sri Lanka and South Africa in the group stage.

“We’ve beaten India in the past in the Champions Trophy [in 2004 and 2009] and we have the ability to beat them again,” he said. “In 2009, it was under my captaincy that we beat them and now Sarfraz [Ahmed] has the chance to do so again. He has a good team with him.

“It’s a great chance for Sarfraz to take Pakistan cricket forward and our chances depend how he leads the side. We must support our team and fans should change their mindset and should highlight the positives.

“Like other teams, Pakistan also have a chance of doing well at the Champions Trophy. The pitches look good for the event and I believe even targets of 400 can be chased down as pitches are in shape to support high totals.”

Pakistan have never won the event before, but in order to have a chance of ending that trend, Younis admitted that their fielding will have to be at a high standard throughout the competition.

“Teams in our group have a great standard of fielding and in modern-day cricket, fielding is a key part of ODIs and T20s,” he added. “Pakistan must look to perform as a fielding unit, keep their focus and grab every opportunity.”

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