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Younus - Cricket is crucial

Captain emphasises importance of the game to Pakistan's future

Younus: Fighting Pakistan's corner

Younus Khan is beseeching the cricketing world not to desert Pakistan in its time of great need.

"I can only plead to everyone don't abandon Pakistan now or try to isolate it. If this mistake is made, terrorism will have won in Pakistan."

Younus Khan

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Seven Pakistanis six policemen and the driver of the coach carrying the match officials to the Gaddafi stadium - were killed in Tuesday's terrorist attack in Lahore, which also left six Sri Lankan players, two team officials and an umpire wounded.

British match referee Chris Broad and Australian umpire Simon Taufel have since criticised the security measures in place.

But skipper Younus is calling on his international counterparts to stand by the country, particularly under the current circumstances.

"I can only plead to everyone don't abandon Pakistan now or try to isolate it. If this mistake is made, terrorism will have won in Pakistan," Younus said.

"We don't have much to cheer about and if you stop cricket activities you are encouraging young minds to be influenced by these militants.

"Foreign teams have been coming here since 9/11 and the security plan has worked. This incident could have happened anywhere in the world. It is unfortunate but to blame Pakistan for this is unacceptable."