Captain Shahid Afridi has said that no team can underestimate Pakistan in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
“We are most dangerous side with mix of youth and experience that has drawn parallels, however tenuous, with the side that won the tournament almost 19 years ago,” he told reporters in his opening press conference in Mirpur (Bangladesh) on Saturday.
“We all know how important the competition is for my country. This is a message for the other teams: No one can underestimate us.
“And when I said dangerous, I meant don’t underestimate the Pakistan team,” he said.
“We are with a very good bunch of youngsters and experienced players. It is good to see Kamran Akmal back in the team, Misbah ul-Haq too is in good form and so is Younis Khan,” Afridi commented.
“We also have two genuine spinners and a fast bowler like Shoaib Akhtar.
“They are high on confidence and team spirit.” Pitches around the world are very similar. I think as we performed well in New Zealand conditions, we’ll feel more confident on Asian tracks,” Pakistan skipper playing his third World Cup.
“We’ve gone through a very tough situation. As a captain I’m very happy because we were trying to rebuild the team and boost its morale. The team has gelled,” he said.
“We keep these (controversial) issues out of the team and we are focused on the cricket. We played well in New Zealand and the boys are united and they feel hungry,” he maintained.
Afridi also offered praise for the job done by the team’s coach, Waqar Younis, and manager, Intikhab Alam, in keeping everyone together.