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Younus rues dropping catch after Pakistan's Trophy exit

Younis Khan feels he let his team down by dropping a crucial catch in the ICC Champions Trophy

Younus rues dropping catch after Pakistan's Trophy exit - Cricket News
Pakistan skipper Younus Khan blamed himself after dropping a crucial catch.
Pakistan skipper Younus Khan blamed himself after dropping a crucial catch in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final defeat against New Zealand, saying the elimination was the biggest disappointment of his career.

"Personally that moment when I dropped Grant Elliott in the semi-final still haunts me and will continue to haunt me," he told reporters on Monday after the team's return from South Africa.

New Zealand edged out favourites Pakistan by five wickets on Saturday after Younus grassed a simple catch off top-scorer Elliott, who was on 40 with 69 runs required from 64 balls to win.

Elliott, who played with a broken thumb, went on to score 75 not out and steer his team into the final against Australia, to be played later on Monday.

Younus, who also had a hairline fracture in his little finger, was disappointed Pakistan could not repeat their successful Twenty20 World Cup campaign. "It was a trophy I was desperate to win for my country because the ICC Champions Trophy was shifted from Pakistan to South Africa," said Younus, who has been advised four weeks rest.

"I wanted to show the world that even while fighting a war against terror, Pakistani people are a resilient lot and cricket would never die in our country."

The tournament, which had been originally scheduled for last year, was postponed and moved out of Pakistan due to security concerns.

Pakistan next face New Zealand in a one-day series to be played in the Gulf venues of Abu Dhabi and Dubai from Nov. 3.

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