Afridi hopes to win Asia Cup ahead of World Cup

Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 14:29 [IST]
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Afridi hopes to lay platform before WC

Karachi: Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi is keen on winning the Asia Cup which he believes will be a perfect platform ahead of the World Cup next year sceduled to be held in the Sub-continent.

“A good showing in the Asia Cup would be a great start to our World Cup plans," Afridi told The News on the eve of the team"s departure to Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

After the Asia Cup Pakistan team will be flying off to England for Test and One-day series where Afridi is hoping to bring out good interview against the hosts and Australia.

Pakistan's last tour of New Zealand and Australia was a humiliating one as the team failed to win even a single match but Afridi is optimistic about the team's chances and hopes to come out with a good performance this time around.

“What has happened cannot be changed. What we can do is ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. We cannot afford to be a bickering lot and the only way we can give our best is by staying united," the flamboyant all rounder said.

Afridi said there has been a sea change in the attitude of players since he took over as the leader of the squad, and also assured that 'grouping" was a thing of the past.

“What I want is that our team should be united on the field and off it," he added.


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