WT20: Out-of-form Afridi keen on performing well

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Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 17:29 [IST]
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WT20: Afridi desperate to perform

Colombo, Sep 18: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has admitted that he is worried about his current form, as he has been struggling to score runs and assured that he would bounce back soon.

Pakistan starting their T20 World Cup campaign on Sunday, September 23 against New Zealand, Shahid Afridi feels he can bounce back soon and also admitted that his poor run frustrated him, especially his no show against India in the warm-up game on Monday.

The all-rounder was dismissed for a duck off the second ball and conceded 41 runs off four overs, as he was looking off-colour on Monday.

"I was disappointed with myself today with the performance against India in the warm-up match. It has been a struggle for me in last few weeks. But I know I can make a strong comeback in this tournament," Afridi said.

Having missed the series against Australia in UAE following a thumb injury, has been the most experienced player for Pakistan, as he has represented the national team in 50 T20 Internationals.

With a poor run in the last few months, Afridi's cricketing future totally depends on his performance in the T20 World Cup.

"Every senior player goes through a bad patch and it is the same with me. These testing times come for everyone and I have seen big players in tears when they are not performing," Afridi said.

"I am concerned but I also know that I can make a comeback. I am confident of playing an impact role for my team in this World Cup," he said.

The 32 year old cricketer, is also aware of the expectations and promises to put up a good show during the T20 World Cup.

"I am trying hard and I am not giving up. I know I can contribute to the team," he said.

With experience to back him, playing the shortest format of the game, given his fitness, is age catching up with Pakistan's best all-rounder?


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