Fit Afridi critical to Pakistan’s World T20 chances, says Hafeez

Fit Afridi critical to Pakistan’s World T20 chances, says Hafeez


Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez hopes Shahid Afridi will be fit in time for a World Twenty20 after a hard-hitting allrounder behind his depart to Bangladesh.

Afridi played in a Asia Cup final on Saturday with painkillers after he harm his hamstring with some absolute late attack during dual nail-biting victories opposite India and Bangladesh final week.

“As a captain we need a fit Afridi, and that’s since we have given him time to rehab,” Hafeez pronounced on Wednesday.

Pakistan leaves for Dhaka on Thursday, and manager Zakir Khan pronounced they hoped Afridi could join a organisation on Monday, definition a allrounder will skip a warmup compare opposite New Zealand.

Afridi’s aptness could be tested in a second warmup diversion opposite South Africa subsequent Wednesday before a 2009 winners’ initial organisation compare opposite India dual days later.

Afridi is a many capped Twenty20 general actor with 70 matches, bagging 73 wickets with his legspin bowling and scoring 1,044 runs during an considerable strike rate of 143.01.

Hafeez pronounced aptness was one of a pivotal issues with a organisation since it has been personification general cricket nonstop for 5 months.

“When we play back-to-back matches, a aptness of people depends a lot,” Hafeez said.

“Fitness is a problem of a Pakistan team, though it needs to be softened during a grassroots level.”

Pakistan has never won a compare opposite India in an ICC tournament, including a detriment in a initial World Twenty20 final in South Africa in 2007.

But a new feat opposite India in a Asia Cup has lifted a hopes of Hafeez, notwithstanding a fact India will be strengthened with a lapse of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, who all missed a Asia Cup.

“The India vs. Pakistan compare is always a vigour match,” Hafeez said.

“As a actor and as a captain we am really happy that a initial compare is opposite India, and from there hopefully we will get a good takeoff in a tournament.

“Wherever we play opposite them (India), we have vigour from a media and your nation, though we will try to have a good start and build a good momentum.”

The drop in a form of Umar Gul, a second top wicket-taker in T20s with 74, and Junaid Khan, worries Hafeez after both quick bowlers total for usually 6 wickets during a Asia Cup.

“The opening of a quick bowlers will be a pivotal for us since they have to play their roles with both a new and aged ball,” Hafeez said.

“(Bowling coach) Mohammad Akram is operative tough with both of them in a nets, though in a finish it’s adult to them to go out and perform.” Fielding is another area of concern, as Pakistan forsaken during slightest 3 catches in a Asia Cup final detriment to Sri Lanka.

The Pakistan Cricket Board hired former exam opener Shoaib Mohammad as a fielding manager before a Asia Cup, though Hafeez pronounced it will take time to exercise a coach’s techniques.

“He (Mohammad) has never worked as a fielding manager with any inhabitant team,” he said.

“He is giving us some new ideas and we are perplexing to adopt those things, though it will take some time.”

Pakistan has removed allrounder Shoaib Malik, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, left-arm quick bowler Sohail Tanvir and left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar in a 4 changes done from a organisation that played in a Asia Cup.

Australia, fortifying champion West Indies, and a qualifier are also in Pakistan’s group. Pakistan is one of a many successful teams in a World T20 after winning a pretension in 2009 in England, reaching one other final, and dual semifinals.

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