Despite Pakistan enduring a horrendous Asia Cup, skipper Shahid Afridi is full of optimism. A day after Pakistan grabbed a consolation win over another struggling Sri Lankan outfit; Afridi said that his team had the potential to go all the way in the ICC World T20. Afridi stated that his side was talented but self belief was the only missing link.
“We’re good cricketers, just that we need to have more self-belief,” Afridi said. “That’s what helped us in the chase today. I don’t fall down easily, yes, it was tough but I’m confident the boys can deliver,” said Afridi after the game against Sri Lanka. “We had to change a few things, we worked hard and it helped today.
We wanted to keep wickets intact in the first six overs and it worked,” he added. “We’ve backed players, we did not want to tamper too many things, but the selectors have done well to give everyone a sincere opportunity,” said Afridi.
Umar Akmal, who was named Man of the Match for the game against Sri Lanka, said that backing from the captain and coach had helped him. “Credit to the captain, coaching staff and team management.
Coach Waqar showed me a motivational video before the match. That fired me up. We wanted to sign off with a win, good to see some rhythm to our game before the World T20, Akmal said.
Pakistan are grouped along with hosts India, Australia, New Zealand and a qualifying side for the ICC World T20.