Pakistan can win World T20 if Afridi performs consistently


ISLAMABAD: Test Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq feels Pakistan can win the World Twenty20 if Shahid Afridi performs consistently in the whole tournament as he did in the match against Bangladesh.

Misbah said it will be a mistake to underestimate the Pakistani side in the World T20. “Being a Pakistani, I would
certainly back Pakistan to win the tournament and do well.

Look how they performed in the first match; experts and cricket pundits were worried about the team’s batting, but only the top order took the game away from Bangladesh,” quoted him as saying.

He said Afridi needs to fire constantly if Pakistan wants to salvage a chance of clinching the title once again. “I feel Afridi’s performance is the biggest positive from the victory against Bangladesh. If he keeps going like this, then Pakistan can even win the World T20,” he said.

Misbah also praised Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad on their performance in the same match. “It was a good batting wicket in Kolkata but credit needs to be given to Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez for doing well,” he said.

He said he has a lot of expectations from Afridi and Mohammad Amir. “They can help Pakistan do well in the tournament,” he said.

Speaking about the much anticipated Pakistan-India clash on Saturday at Eden Gardens, Misbah said he laid out a plan for Pakistan to beat the hosts. “As a Pakistani player, you would not like to lose against them. But yes, still I feel Pakistan’s strength is bowling and India can only be beaten if the top order gets out early like New Zealand did,” he said.

However, he also believed that India’s loss against Kiwis doesn’t rule India out of the tournament. “No, I don’t think defeat against New Zealand has dented India’s chances.” “One loss can’t make or break any team. The pitch turned unexpectedly in Nagpur and I hope they will come back in the games to come,” he said.