LAHORE - Pakistan captain Younis Khan on Tuesday urged the top players to participate in the RBS National One-day tournament beginning on Thursday, hoping it would help cricket recover some of the ground it lost after the recent attacks on the Sri Lankan players in Lahore. "Cricket has taken a big blow after the incident in Lahore, that is why it is so important for all the top players to play in this competition," Younis said. Younis, who will be leading the Habib Bank team, said one had to learn from past experience but was of the view that cricket must not be allowed to die in the country as it was a strong binding force and a lifeline for many youngsters. "I think this one-day competition is being held at a significant time and the players need to convey a clear message that cricket will go on in Pakistan," he said. Apart from Younis, all the country's top players have confirmed their participation for their departmental sides and associations. The board has also allowed the players signed up with the rebel Indian Cricket League to play for their teams with senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf set to lead the Wapda team in the first round against Habib bank. "I haven't had a chance to talk to Younis for a while now but definitely this tournament must give a boost to cricket because the Lahore incident shocked everyone," Yousuf said. Yousuf's teammates include ICL players Rana Naved and Shabbir Ahmed while Younis will have the services of Imran Farhat, Taufiq Umar, Hasan Raza and Shahid Nazir. Yousuf will be making his first appearance in Pakistan since joining the ICL last year. Former captain Shoaib Malik has also confirmed he would be leading the PIA team in the 10-day long competition with matches in Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad. Although the board has announced one semifinal and the final would be held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore but sources said that with political temperatures running high in the Punjab province and in view of the attack on the Sri Lankan team, there was a chance of the matches being shifted to Karachi. "The semi-finals and final would be shown live and even the broadcasters feel Karachi would be a better option," one official said.