Afridi vows to lead the ODI side to WC glory

Published: Monday, July 19, 2010, 12:04 [IST]
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Afridi vows to win the WC

London: Shahid Afridi has vowed to return for the Pakistan one-day side starting next month saying the series will be like a launch pad for his ambitions to lift the World Cup 2011.

Afridi had unexpectedly made his retirement announcement after Pakistan suffered a 150 runs defeat in the hands of the Australians in the first Test match at Lords. He had cited his injury problem and his lack of temperament as the reason for his retirement.

Afridi made a breezy 31 in the first innings off just 15 balls and just two runs in his second innings.

He said he won't be able to take part in the second Test match at Leeds due to his side strain injury following which he was released from the Pakistan squad. The Pakistan Test side will be play four Tests against England right after the series against Australia.

Afridi however is determined to lead the Pakistan side against the English team for the one-day series.

He said he had no regrets about his decision to retire and he wanted to concentrate on the shorter format of the game against England which he believes will be a step towards winning next year's World Cup.

" I have won the World Cup T20, beaten England and India in Tests at home and achieved some other milestone as well, but before I leave the game I want to win the World Cup," Afridi said.


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