Lahore: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi the aspect have injected the proper quantity of revel in into their international Cup squad with the past due inclusions of pacemen Wahab Riaz and Mohammed Amir, and don't have any excuse for negative overall performance now.

Riaz’s adverse spell to Australian Shane Watson changed into one of the highlights of the 2015 world Cup, however the 33-year-antique has now not played a one-day global due to the fact June 2017.

Fellow left-arm quick bowler Amir turned into additionally initially overlooked from Pakistan’s global Cup squad earlier than being pencilled in on Monday.


“I assume this group has the proper mixture,” Afridi stated in a video published at the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Twitter feed on Thursday.

“The high-quality element is (that) batting was a consistent worry for us however our batsmen at the moment are in appropriate shape,” the previous all-rounder stated.

Pakistan posted 340-plus ratings in three of the four finished suits on this month’s ODI collection in England, even though the hosts prevailed 4-0.

In March they were thrashed 5-zero by way of Australia within the United Arab Emirates.

“We did pretty a few experiments with the aspect. We rested the seniors inside the series towards Australia, giving threat to children,” Afridi said.

“Our bowling struggled earlier than the world Cup I suppose due to the fact they lacked revel in there.

“Now Wahab Riaz, (leg-spinner) Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir are returned and it’s a properly-balanced crew. We ought to no longer have any excuse now.”

Consistency has in no way been the sturdy factor of an otherwise talented team, but Afridi reckoned a very good start may want to take the 1992 champions all the way to the June 14 very last at the Lord’s.

“It’s very essential to win the primary couple of matches to construct a momentum ... Our children are capable of beating any team inside the global.”

“I see Pakistan as one of the groups in the semi-finals and, God willing, I’m confident they’ll play the very last too ...

“strain is inevitable in worldwide cricket. It exams a player and his mental energy. However global Cup is also a superb possibility to turn out to be a hero with the complete international looking at you.”

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