Pakistan T20 captain Shahid Afridi has said that his side is ready to face New Zealand in the two-match T20 series that begins on December 4th at Dubai. Both PCB and NZC have decided to dedicate the trophy of this T20 series to Phillip Hughes, as a mark of respect.
Afridi feels that the team is shaping up well and the result of the third Test at Sharjah will have no impact on the limited-over series.
“Obviously every game is a new game for us and every series is a new series. But we all know how important every series and every match is for us because the World Cup is not too far away. I think the boys are feeling very confident ahead of the series and my side is a very well-balanced one. I am sure it would be a good series. Test cricket is different, this format is totally different. So, I think that victory is history and tomorrow will be a new day.”
Afridi also conceded that he’ll look to bat up the order in the upcoming series so that he can gain a good amount of confidence in his batting before the World Cup 2015.
“No doubt I have concentrated a lot on my bowling for the last three-four years, and I do know that my batting is anyways a ‘once-in-a-blue-moon’ type of a batting. But I want to make sure that I focus on my batting also because it is very important for me. There have been many matches in the past that I have been able to win for Pakistan on the basis of my batting alone. I have even had a word with the coach if it is possible for me to bat a little higher up in the order when I have some more overs to bat. I do understand that my fans like my batting more compared to bowling. I am going to try my best to get back into some good batting form before the World Cup,” Afridi revealed.
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