Younus rues dropping catch after Pakistan’s Trophy exit

KARACHI, (Reuters) – Pakistan skipper Younus Khan  blamed himself after dropping a crucial catch in the 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 Elliot in the  semi-final still haunts me and will continue to haunt me,” he  told reporters yesterday 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  Elliot, who was on 40 with 69 runs required from 64 balls to  win.  

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

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 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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