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Saturday May 11 2019

'Play positive and aggressive cricket,' Afridi's World Cup advice to Pakistan team

KARACHI: Former captain of the Pakistan cricket team Shahid Afridi says he is hopeful of a good show by the Pakistani cricket team in the upcoming World Cup in England.

Speaking to, Afridi said he was confident that Pakistan could reach the final four stage of the tournament.

“I have no doubts that this team can be among top four teams of the World Cup if boys play according to their potential," Afridi said.

"My advice to the boys is to play positive and aggressive cricket,” he added.

Afridi noted that the batting would have to show mettle in England during the biggest cricketing event as the sport has changed a lot in the modern day as opposed to what it used to be.

The all-rounder further said the format supports Pakistan and that the teams could make a comeback even if they fail to start well.

“[The] players will have to play each game as if it is their last game, seriousness should be there in every game,” he said.

Afridi agreed with the demand that Sarfaraz Ahmed, the Pakistan cricket team's incumbent captain, should bat up in the order.

“I have always said that Sarfaraz batting at the top will always be beneficial for Pakistan cricket team,” he said.

In response to a question, the all-rounder said he would always support having Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz in the squad, and went on to suggest that having the former would help the team in the World Cup.

“I have always said that Wahab Riaz for his pace and Amir for his experience should have been included in the team,” Afridi said.

“We now have four games left before World Cup commences … do as many as experiments you want, test as much as combinations you want, but enter the World Cup with [your] chin high and confidence and give your best,” the former captain said.