03 March 2012
We are not looking for revenge against India: Afridi
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has said his team will not be looking for revenge when they face India in the fifth match of the Asia Cup at Mirpur on March 18
Shahid Afridi of Pakistan.
"I don't think we should look at the match against India as a revenge one. We need to treat every match with same importance and significance," Afridi said.
Afridi had figures of 0-45 from 10 overs and scored a 17-ball 19 in Pakistan's 29-run loss to India in the World Cup semi-final at Mohali.
Talking about what his team needs to do in the Asia Cup, Afridi said Pakistan needs to be more aggressive and the batsmen have to be more consistent and support the bowlers.
"I think we need to be more aggressive in the Asia Cup and our batsmen have to play hard at the bowlers," he said.
He also felt their defensive approach was one of the main reasons for Pakistan losing the one-day and Twenty20 series to England last month. "We must realise that our bowlers can't win us matches all the time. It is time for the batsmen to also score runs heavily. We lost to England as I thought we were a bit defensive," Afridi said.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq had also recently admitted that batting is the team's biggest weakness. "England has one of the best bowling. How easily they defeated Australia in Ashes shows how strong they are. We struggled against them. We need to remove our weaknesses, we need to improve our batting," The Express Tribune quoted Misbah, as saying.
Meanwhile, former test spinner Iqbal Qasim will head a revamped Pakistan national selection committee after the one-day series defeat to England last month, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf said on Thursday.
Pakistan now also have a new coach in Dav Whatmore after regular coach Waqar Younis left the post citing health issues in September last year. The head of the coaching committee Intikhab Alam confirmed on Friday Whatmore will sign a contract. "Whatmore and Julien Fountain (likely to take over as fielding coach) have arrived here and Whatmore will sign a contract as head coach of the Pakistan team," Alam told AFP, refusing to give further details of the contract.
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