Afridi wants Pakistan to return home with respect

Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi believes it’s not too late for his side to regain respect on their scandal-tainted tour of Britain.

“We all want to go home with respect,” said Afridi, ahead of the second one-day international at Headingley on Sunday.

“We want to play some good cricket and get some victories. “Yesterday (Friday) the performance was much better, not 100 percent but I was quite happy with the efforts from the boys. “That’s what I’m expecting in the next game as well,” added leg-spinning all-rounder Afridi, who missed the 3-1 Test series loss to England having quit the five-day game after leading Pakistan in their 150-run first Test defeat by Australia at Lord’s in July.

“The guys (Butt, Aamer and Asif) are still not guilty and we are waiting for the results.” We are good cricketers and want to maintain our respect and that is gained by playing good cricket. After a victory the respect will come again.

“I’m still very confident that my team can win against any team in the world,” Afridi insisted.

But he admitted it was difficult to remain upbeat with such a cloud hanging over the squad.