Pakistan news March 27, 2012

Afridi says he will bounce back from lean patch

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shahid Afridi has expressed relief after playing a key role with both bat and ball in Pakistan's win against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final. Afridi scored a critical 32 runs when Pakistan were in trouble and then bowled his 10 overs for just 28 runs to stifle Bangladesh's batsmen.

"It lifted a lot of pressure off my shoulders but more importantly it helped Pakistan win the title," Afridi told Pakistani daily the News.

Before the final, Afridi had only managed two wickets in the Asia Cup, against Bangladesh, having failed to make an impression against India and Sri Lanka. He had similar problems against England in the UAE where he took three wickets in four ODIs. His poor batting form has not helped either, with only one score above 50 in his previous 11 innings. Consequently, he has attracted criticism. Prior to the present slump, Afridi had picked up 23 scalps in nine games against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

"To my critics, I will say just one thing: haven't you heard of players going through a lean patch?" Afridi said. "It happens to even the greatest sportsmen then why is that I cannot be spared during my bad patch?"

Questions have been asked about his fitness in the media. However, Afridi refuted such doubts by saying that he has been fortunate to be injury-free for most of his playing career. "I'm fully fit at the moment and plan to continue working hard to make sure that I give my 100% for Pakistan each time I represent the country."

He said he would quit one-day internationals the day he was not able to give his best to the national side and concentrate on Twenty20 cricket. This season, Afridi has played Twenty20 matches for local franchises in Australia and in Bangladesh. However, he has opted out of the ongoing Faysal Bank Super Eight Twenty20 Cup in which he represented Karachi Dolphins for the past six seasons.

Edited by Devashish Fuloria

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  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    Thankfully he is back in form, i could see the real afridi against bangladesh in final match.

  • FIDA on March 30, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    For being a cricket game lover,, for being an pakistani,, i request some points to all the participants here please lets follow these steps,, 1- Make afridi the odi and T20 captain of pakistan team for next world cup. 2- Make Hafeez vice captain for both format,, he hast the potential, 3- Misbah is a good player lets we should not forget his services to pak cricket specially in Test Format. special request all the cricket lovers watch to see Amir back in Action,, so my request to Pcb Chairman Zaka Asharf to please give us the happy news of Amir returning once again please do anything,,, send any allegation to the icc,, and where it is possible to forgive amir and give him again a chance,,,,

    Best wishes,,, For pak ROcksssss

    Fida Mohammad From K.S.A Jeddah

  • Dummy4 on March 30, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Afridi seek some batting tips plz and apply them you r a great talent all around batting fielding bowling you must play at best of your potential and be cool !

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Afridi is only the Pakistani Player who won the 29 Man of the Match Award in Pakistan history and after him it's only Saeed Anwer who's holding this Award on 28 --- He will beat Sachin soon coz he's the one who's on the top of the list with 61 Awards but still Afridi is only Pakistani All Rounder who's holding 344 Wickets and plus 7000 Runs in his career plus Fatest Century and Most Sixer by any cricketer ever ...... still his career will run more 5 Year wher he will reach 10,000 above Runs and 500 above wkt wher he will challange every single team in the word to break his Records an I am sure he will break the records of 200 Runs ODI to hold back this award to Pakistan again !!!!! guys dont worry Shahid will strike soon ODI ----- wait and watch !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    afridi is the best all rounder in the world .none can stop him in any part of the game.

  • Mohd on March 29, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Keep on rocks LALA....get 500 wicket and 12000 Runs...try opening ODI and T20...PCB pleas appoint him captain.....

  • Dummy4 on March 29, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Well lots of comments on Afridi...people are mad over him, i think its inportant for Afridi to play for atleast next 6 yeaRs tHan he will be able to get 500 wickets and 10000 runs....then people will remamber him ever!!!!!

  • Zuhaib on March 28, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    AFRIDI = A real match winner...PCB needs to appoint him as CAPTAIN of limited over format...his performance improves when he leads the side & his attacking approach is desperately needed by the PAK limited over side...MISBAH should focus only in TEST arena bcoz his 25 yrs backward approach cant win matches against top sides,he is only perfect in test arena...plz PCB take some brave decisions if u want improvement in PAK ODI's & T20 performance against top sides,fresh blood & specialized r needed in limited format such as SHEHZAD,USMAN SALAHUDDIN,RAMEEZ RAJA jnr,FAWAD,SADAF,TALHA,SAMI etc...At least SHEHZAD,FAWAD,SADAF & SAMI should replace YOUNUS,MISBAH,WAHAB & CHEEMA in LANKANS series...these guys r perfect replacement bcoz they r all superb fielders too accept SADAF...i dnt know about his fielding standard but SAMI is far better than CHEEMA, & gud lower order batsman too who can add at least 10 runs in quick time which is very handy for PAK bcoz their tail always struggle for runs...

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    Afridi is genuine-all Rounder he is unique So No Need To Talk About him .wising him to come close to muttahs 500 wikket

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Most popular cricketer ever in the history of the game, Booooom Booooom should get all the respect for his great contribution towards the game, but he should be used to open the inns for Pakistan in T20 specialy.............

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