LAHORE - Pakistan's star performer in the World Twenty and wicketkeeper of the national team Kamran Akmal said here Tuesday that team management and captain Younus Khan motivated him as well as the team to go all out and win the World Cup for the glory-starved nation. Talking to The Nation, Kamran Akmal said that the win against New Zealand was the turning point for Pakistan. He said Pakistan were struggling with the opening pair and the skipper motivated him to open the innings and play aggressive cricket. "We all were determined that we have to win the World Cup for our country. In the early part of the tournament, things did not seem to go our way. And when were pushed to wall, our skipper called us and said we had no choice now. "He especially backed me to open the innings and play aggressive cricket. I tried my best and what else, it worked and I gathered confidence." "I should say the credit goes to the team management and our skipper Younus Khan who backed me up. In team meetings, he backed all senior players, indeed, he backed every player which eventually translated into our performance," he added. Kamran dispelled the impression that Pakistan were underdogs. He said Pakistan were finalists in the last edition of the tournament and though not hot favourites, Pakistan were still serious title contenders. "I have to thank our nation. It was their prayers that played such a great role in our victory," he said. Kamran said the win against South Africa gave self belief to the team in the tournament, for it was this win that established Pakistan as world's best. Kamran said, "World Cup is our right and other international cricket matches should also be arranged here." He was quite optimistic that there would be international cricket in the country soon. He went on to say that Pakistan Cricket Board's efforts to bring World Cup matches here would soon bear fruit.