Pakistan’s ODI skipper Shahid Afridi has said that the six-match one-day series starting from January 22 in New Zealand is an important one for Pakistan as part of their preparations for the up coming World Cup.
“If we win the series it will definitely boost our confidence ahead of the World Cup, although the tournament would be played in totally different conditions,” he said.
Afridi also expressed that he is under no threat regarding the World Cup captaincy issue as he had never run after the captaincy in his entire career.
“I have never run after the captaincy in my entire career. It is something for the cricket board to decide. If they feel I am good enough to lead the team in the World Cup they will retain me if not, that is life,” he said.
Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad left with Afridi to join the national team (playing the Test series) in New Zealand.
However, Abdul Razzaq has said that he is looking forward to the series as a stepping stone to doing well in the World Cup as an all-rounder.
“I want to do well in this World Cup, which could be my last. The series in New Zealand offers us a good chance to gain momentum for the World Cup.”
“We have a good one-day combination and the way the Test side has been playing, it has put us in a positive frame of mind,” said Razzaq.