'New-look Pak can spoil Aussie Twenty20 Cup plans'

Published: Thursday, August 2, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:World Champions Australia may be considered as the hot favourites to lift the forthcoming inaugural ICC Twenty20 World Cup, but flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes their new look side can act as a thorn to the mighty Aussie's dream if they play with a positive attitude.

Though the 27-year-old explosive batsman rated Ricky Ponting's men as the favourites to win the September slated Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, he strongly said with a positive frame of mind, the Shoaib Malik-led team has the capibility to beat any side in the nascent version of the game.

''There is no doubt that Australia are a very strong team but I believe that if we played positively, Pakistan can beat them or any other side in the competition,'' Afridi was quoted as saying by The News.

He, however, seemed content with his own form both with the bat and ball and expects to put up a good show in South Africa.

''I am in good form and am looking forward to doing my bit for the team in South Africa,'' said Afridi, who holds the fastest ODI century scored off just 37 balls against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996.

''Individual performances are important but what really counts is a team effort,'' he added.


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