LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi says the aspect have injected the proper quantity of enjoy into their global Cup squad with the late inclusions of pacemen Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir, and have no excuse for bad overall performance now.

Wahab’s adversarial spell to Australian Shane Watson become one of the highlights of the 2015 international Cup, but the 33-yr-antique has not played a one-day worldwide considering June 2017.

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


“I think this group has the proper aggregate,” Afridi said in a video posted at the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Twitter feed on Thursday.

“The best issue is [that] batting was a constant fear for us however our batsmen are now in exact shape,” the former all-rounder stated.

Pakistan posted 340-plus rankings in three of the 4 completed fits in this month’s ODI series in England, despite the fact that the hosts prevailed four-zero.

In March they were thrashed five-zero via Australia in the UAE.

“We did pretty a few experiments with the side. We rested the seniors within the series towards Australia, giving threat to kids,” Afridi said.

“Our bowling struggled earlier than the arena Cup I assume due to the fact they lacked experience there.

“Now Wahab, [leg-spinner] Shadab Khan and Amir are again and it’s a well-balanced team. We ought to not have any excuse now.”

Consistency has by no means been the strong factor of an otherwise proficient group, but Afridi reckoned a very good start ought to take the 1992 champions all of the manner to the July 14 final at Lord’s.

“It’s very essential to win the primary couple of matches to build a momentum ... Our kids are capable of beating any team within the world. I see Pakistan as one of the teams in the semi-finals and, God inclined, I’m confident they’ll play the final too ...

“strain is inevitable in global cricket. It assessments a player and his mental electricity. But world Cup is also a fantastic opportunity to come to be a hero with the whole global searching at you.”

posted in sunrise, might also 24th, 2019