Pakistan news July 18, 2010

Afridi aims for World Cup glory

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Shahid Afridi has set his sights on captaining Pakistan to World Cup glory in 2011 having quit Test cricket after leading his team to a 150-run defeat against Australia at Lord's.

Salman Butt replaced Afridi as Test captain and will lead the side in Pakistan's next Test against Australia at Headingley and their four Tests against England. Afridi will return to captain the side in September for the two Twenty20 and five ODI games against England.

Afridi said he wanted to use the series as a springboard for success in the 50-over World Cup in Asia next February and March. "I took a decision which I felt was right and now all my concentration is on the limited-overs series against England, which will be our first step towards winning next year's World Cup," he said. "England have been doing very well in both ODIs and T20s, so if we could beat them it would be good for the progress of the team.

"I have won the World Twenty20, beaten England and India in Tests at home and have achieved some other milestones as well, but before I leave the game I want to win the World Cup."

Now free of Test commitments, Afridi may join Hampshire if they qualify for the quarter-finals stage of the Friends Provident t20 tournament in England. "I had to abandon the contract with Hampshire because I was here for the Test series, but now they want me to play the last three matches of the Twenty20, provided they qualify."

Afridi was originally named captain in the wake of Pakistan's winless tour of Australia last year, which resulted in bans, which were subsequently overturned, for a number of high-profile players including former captains Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik.

The team was beset with dressing-room fractions then, and there was speculation that the same thing had prompted Afridi's retirement this time round, but he rubbished the claims.

"This team was unified and there were no problems, nothing. I took the decision in the best interest of the team and hope a youngster with a Test temperament takes my position. I also feel that there are other players who are not fit for the longer version of the game and my advice to them is to concentrate on the shorter forms."

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  • dummy4fb on July 24, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    Good Luck ..................... Arfridi

  • Dr.Ahmedkhan on July 24, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Good luck Shahid Afridi..may Allah bless u and our team, Amin

  • Tansah on July 23, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Typical Afridi. Full of confidence... as usual. He cannot play Tests and it was a good decision for him to retire. He cannot bat w./ patience... that's his problem. At least he excepted that he can't play Tests... that is actually amazing.

    England, Austrailia (duh!), South Africa, and maybe Pakistan have a chance of winning the World Cup 2011. But... you never know.

  • cricxpert89 on July 20, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    I think they might got enough to make it to top 4 not top 1 in WC.But its quite true also that to come out from ashes is Pakistan's spatiality.

  • nataraajds on July 20, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Afridi is just like our Yuvaraj,,playboy image. one never know's when these two clicks / fails. both are capable of playing attacking cricket, but still not mature enough for test cricket.. here one need to learn how to stay long & play and technic is very important here...Afridi need to learn this first

  • Attractivue on July 20, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    As long as Afirid captains, every international team should say No to play with pak... Mr. Not so cool Singh, if every team was filled with bigotry Indians like you then yes but in a real world NO!

  • cskfangg on July 20, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    "Pakistan is the country of disgraceful cricketers" ... They are proving this statement in past 4 or 5 years.. Now there is new comedian(captain) called afridi, making jokes about WC Glory... No one controls there laughs...

  • cricxpert89 on July 20, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    Who cares about one days or tests . World's most popular format now is T20 and these pak players are top ranked in that format.after all problems they have outside of the stadium . that itself is a huge achievement.

  • KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on July 20, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    NO ONE WAS IMPRESSED BY AFRIDI. TOP ORDER MISTAKES ASIDE, THAT WAS THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN'S INNINGS EVER THAT ONE COULD SEE.FORGET ABOUT PLAYING YOUR OWN GAME, YOU NEED TO ADAPT YOUR STYLE OF BATTING TO THE SITUATION. YOU'VE ABILITY, YOU'VE GUTS AND ONLY YOU NEEDED A BIT OF PATIENCE. FEW DAYS AGO YOU'VE SCORED 2 CENTURIES IN ODIS. WHAT THEN SUDDENLY HAPPENED.NO BRAINS MAN, NO PATIENCE, CHEWING ON CRICKET BALLS, TWISTING SPIKES ON CRICKET PITCHES, NO BRAINS MAN, FOOLISH TOTALLY FOOLISH, CHILDISH, NON-SENSE, NO CARE FOR PAKISTAN'S NAME & FAME IN THE CRICKET WORLD. WE ALL HAVE SEEN ENOUGH OF AFRIDI.HE HAS GIVEN US HEART-ATTACKS ALWAYS.HE IS NOT A SUITABLE CHARACTER TO HAVE IN A TEAM EVEN. HIS SKULL HAS A VERY HASTY, DAMAGED & UNWISE BRAIN. HE CAN'T BE A GOOD HUMAN BEING EITHER AS HE LITERALLY DISTURBS MILLIONS OF PAKISTANI CRICKET FANS.DON'T FORGET WHAT HE DID IN WORLD CUP FINAL 1999 IN LONDON. HE DAMAGES OVERALL MORAL OF HIS TEAMMATES.HE MUST BE ELIMINATED FROM ALL PAKISTAN TEAMS

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 20, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    @klobania Inshaalla please forgive klobania, he is a kid! if your player donot know how to play cricket, donot blame others. Dravid, Laxman and Harbhajan are still the best batsmen in the Tests. Its very funny that you wrote Laxman who has the best avarage in the last few years. Do your home work before you post.

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