Miandad, other ex-stars turn to praise Afridi

ISLAMABAD: Former cricket greats on Wednesday hailed Pakistan team’s performance in their opening T20 match of ICC World T20 against Bangladesh but asked the Green Shirts to continue the momentum in their remaining matches.

Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz said he had earlier said Pakistan team would do well if Twenty20 skipper Shahid Afridi performs well in the mega event. “Afridi’s performance will matter a lot for Pakistan in the World T20,” he told.

He said it was good that Pakistan forgot the Asia Cup defeat against Bangladesh and played with all its might in its World T20 opener.

Former leg spinner Abdul Qadir said Pakistan team is an unpredictable team but today the players showed some quality performances and consistency.

“Pakistan has a very good bowling attack and can overcome any team with support from our batsmen,” he said.

“Pakistan team deserves appreciation. They played like a unit and the good thing was that everybody tried to play his role,” former skipper Javed Miandad said in his post-match comments.

He said the win was a good sign for Pakistan cricket and would raise the overall morale of the team. “They will have to play in the same way. Every player will have to believe in his abilities. If they will do that, nobody can stop them,” he remarked.

Miandad, who has recently been one of the worst critics of Shahid Khan Afridi lauded the Pakistan T20 captain saying that he took full advantage of the fine start provided by Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez and later on did well with the ball.

Former captain Mohammad Yousaf said that Pakistan displayed a superb performance both with the bat and ball. “The win against Bangladesh will provide the team much needed confidence ahead of their all-important match against India,” he said.

“Pakistan will have to continue the same performance in the rest of the matches,” he said adding that toss would play a crucial role in Indo-Pak clash on March 19.

Another former cricketer Sikandar Bakht while congratulating Pakistan team said that he was optimistic Pakistan players would also perform in the same manner in their next outing. “Afridi played his natural game today. He led from the front. This is a good sign,” he said.