Big Bash League news December 12, 2011

Afridi looking for exposure from stint with Melbourne Renegades

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Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has said he views his upcoming stint with the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League as an opportunity to gain exposure and prepare for next year's international assignments. Afridi and Pakistan team-mate Abdul Razzaq have both signed with the Renegades for Australia's new Twenty20 tournament, and Afridi said he was taking the tournament very seriously because he had sacrificed his off season to play in it.

"My commitment with the Big Bash holds a lot of importance because it was an off season for me," he told ESPNcricinfo. "It will not only help me maintain momentum but also give me good preparation considering the tough conditions and strong opponents in Australia."

Afridi goes into the tournament, which starts on December 16, on the back of an impressive year with the ball in which he has taken 45 wickets in 27 ODIs at 20.82, with four five-wicket hauls. He struggled with the bat during the 2011 World Cup but got his highest score of the year, 75, in the third ODI of Pakistan's recent series against Sri Lanka in the UAE. He said he expected his legspin to be effective on Australian pitches but hoped to also contribute with the bat.

"Legspinners can achieve a lot in Australian conditions and I am looking forward to contributing with my bowling," he said. "I've been satisfied with my bowling performance but there is need for improvement in my batting. I am looking to play some good innings."

Razzaq goes into the series after missing the ODIs in Bangladesh due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the series against Sri Lanka. He said he had completely recovered from that and was looking forward to getting back to Twenty20 cricket. Razzaq averaged 29.22 for Leicestershire during the Friends Life t20 in England this summer and said he hoped to find form in the BBL.

"The format is very exciting and familiar but equally tough," Razzaq said. "I picked up an injury last month but I am fine now and looking forward to the Big Bash event. I hope I can find good touch."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • khiladisher on December 15, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    @BADRESHIAN-DEAR FRIEND YOUR COMMENTS DO NOT LOOK GOOD --HOPE YOU SEE SENSE AND WRITE BALANCED COMMENTS-EVEN KNOWING THAT INDIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUPERIOR TO PAKISTAN AT MOST HIGH PROFILE EVENTS LIKE WORLD CUP-ASIA CUP AND MAJOR FINALS OF ICC EVENTS.HOPE INDIA PLAYS PAKISTAN TO SHOW WHERE PAKISTAN RANKS IN WORLD CRICKET-EXPECT OUR BATTERS TO CREATE WORLD RECORDS ALL OVER.HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THE 3 MAJOR FINALS AND 1 VERY IMPORTANT SEMI-FINAL YOU LOST OF INDIA, FINALS PAKISTAN LOST}1-1985-BENSON&HEDGES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP-}2-1998-INDEPENDENCE CUP OF 1998-WHEN INDIA CHASED 314 AND WON THE BEST OF 3 FINAL-AND THE BIGGEST WHEN INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN IN A GREAT FINAL OF 20-20 WORLD CUP BY 5 RUNS. ALSO WORLD CHAMPIONS INDIA BEATING PAKISTAN EASILY IN THE SEMI-FINAL MATCH.HOPE INDIA PLAYS PAKISTAN SOON,CANT WAIT FOR BATTING RECORDS FROM INDIA.

  • afridi_1 on December 15, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @Hayes.Adam: Well said. And don't forget the 36 Ball Century against the World Champion at that time Sri Lanka.

  • afridi_1 on December 15, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    Afridi will play a key role for the Renegades. I am really looking forward to see the BBL.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on December 15, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    @ LOVEUPAK; GOOD ONE SIR...you hit this one just like a real BOOM BOOM...really good one....as u also respected that legend (Kumble) from India

  • Aragorn_11 on December 15, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    @g.narsimha if you want to include the Asia Cup, you've got to include all Pakistan vs India duels, that is just a subcontinent based cup, not a genuine around the world Global Event like Champions Trophy, T20 WC and WC....and Pakistan head the Pakistan vs India duel easily....it's ok...Pakistan is just a country of 160 million, India has 1.6 billion...o

  • Aragorn_11 on December 15, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    @g.narsimha Asia Cup is nothing compared to actual Global Events which involves the Teams around the World played in different parts of the World....not just subcontinent.

  • AmjadZork on December 15, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    @Aragorn_11 - what a reserach you've done. Afridi is a legend for me & will remain always... He is the one drawn me to watching cricket, beofre that i used to hate cricket !!!

  • loveupak on December 15, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    @deepu11...no offence yawr...but now as u have said that don't compare afridi with a legend like kumble let me tell u somthng...no doubt kumble is a legend and he has taken more wickets than afridi while playing lesser odi's but if we look at the stats the number of balls both of them have bowled are almost equal infact kumble has bowled a bit more...but still i'll say that kumble was better than afridi but afridi has also scored more than 6000 runs n kumble not even 1000 so u decide does it make afridi a legend r not??

  • g.narsimha on December 15, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    AROGORN11 it appears you forgot the stats of win/losses of both teams in ASIA CUP ALSO.

  • pak78 on December 15, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    omg cant wait to see lalla and razor razak play in the bbl two of the worlds best t20 players

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