Pakistan’s T20 captain and flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi said that he was hoping to be more consistent in the lead up to the ICC World T20 in India. Afridi, who recently bagged a five-wicket haul in the PSL, also added that Pakistan could make a few changes for the T20 World Cup, depending on the performances of his players in the upcoming Asia Cup.
“A leader’s performance is very important and it is essential that I contribute. I believe in this part of the world, we can sometimes lack in consistency but I’m hoping to continue this through the Asia Cup and until the end of the World Cup. “Sometimes, it can be difficult to pick yourselves up when you play three days in a row. It is vital for a leg spinner to put his body behind the action. But I know when I’m feeling 100 percent, I can always do the job,” said an enthusiastic Afridi.
Afrid also said that he wanted a team which would remain well settled. “I’ve been trying to take a team with me that don’t see too many changes. That way the players who are in the side are confident too,” he said. “Under my captaincy, I don’t think anyonce can complain of not been given a chance or the confidence to perform. Everyone’s been given a lot of chances to do come good. I believe the captains, coach and selection committee have all very supportive. But if you don’t give the results and we are not asking for too much, just do your bit to contribute. There’s the Asia Cup now, where more players will get chances. But if there are others showing good form here, sure why not we can have them for the World T20, Afridi added.”
Reflecting on PSL, Afridi said, “I was hoping to see some new batting talent emerge from this tournament.”. “We have found a couple of promising bowlers in the tournament and even they have been spinners. I’m all for giving more chances to players to a point where if I believe I’m holding up a place that a younger talent could use, I will gladly step aside.”