Afridi feels he has a big task ahead

Published: Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 13:05 [IST]
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Afridi feeling the pressure

Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afirid admitted that he had a big job in hand to raise the morale of his side after the spot-fixing scam, followed by a 2-0 loss in the T20 series against England.

Pakistan were dismissed for their lowest ever T20 score in 40 matches at this level at Sophia Gardens here on Tuesday as England won convincingly by six wickets with a mammoth 36 balls to spare.

Now the two sides will compete for the ODI series starting on Friday.

"We were very bad, inexperienced and immature from my side and from all the batsmen," Afridi told reporters.

"I think we played very bad cricket. It will be a big challenge to compete in the one-dayers, but we have some time," he added.

"Me, my coach (Waqar Younis) and the team, we will sit together and talk."

Pakistan's tour has been overshadowed by a 'spot-fixing' scandal that has seen Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif all suspended by the International Cricket Council after alleged spot-fixing during last month's final Test match at Lord's.

But Afridi said off-field problems could not account for Pakistan's form."We are coming through a bad situation, but as professionals we should take that from our mind and focus on our cricket."

"At this stage I know our morale is very down. It is down day by day, and game by game. But one victory and it will be very high. I just want one victory. I'm not letting my team down like this, not in the one-dayers," Afridi added.

He also felt the loss of three key players due to suspension has severely affected his side's performance.

"I made some plans as a captain, I knew Salman Butt was my opener and key player, and Asif and Aamer."

"Everything has changed as a captain for me, but inshallah (God willing) I will bring my team up," Afridi added.


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