Afridi rates Pakistan best limited overs outfit

KARACHI: Dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi has rated Pakistan as the best limited-overs outfit in the world, but wanted his side to improve their fielding.

Afridi is currently undergoing a week-long rehabilitation after suffering a strain during the Asia Cup, but was confident of recovering in time for the World T20 starting next week.

“I can’t see a better [limited-overs] combination in the world than Pakistan because our bowling is good, batting is good but the only mistake we are doing that’s in fielding and fielding is the most essential thing in limited-overs cricket,” Afridi told reporters on Thursday.

Pakistan play two warm-up matches on Monday and Wednesday, after which they open their campaign in a high-profile match against India in ICC World T20 on March 21.

“We will do our best, all will join in that effort in the India match. We won the last match against India and I think that will give us benefit.”

Afridi was at his explosive best in the Asia Cup, starring in victories over India and Bangladesh, and was looking at a floating position in the batting order at the World T20. “I think one should be flexible, if there are five-six overs left then I can go up the order but it will depend on situation and overs.