World cup: Shahid Afridi wants no excuse from balanced Pakistan unit in WC

The former Pakistani captain is confident of his country's ability to reach the finals of ICC's showpiece event.

Pakistan made the 2011 World cup semifinal under Afridi's captaincy   -  Getty Images

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi feels that bowling has always been Pakistan’s strength and the return of Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir has given the unit the much needed balance.

“We did quite a few experiments with the side. We rested the seniors in the series against Australia, giving chance to youngsters,” Afridi said in a video posted by the Pakistan Cricket Board on it's twitter account.

“Our bowling struggled before the World Cup I think because it lacked experience there. Now Wahab Riaz, (leg spinner) Shadab Khan and Mohammad Amir are back and it’s a well balanced team. We should not have any excuse now.”

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Afridi said that the best part about this Pakistan team was that the batting which has always been an area of concern has looked good this time around.

“I think this team has the right combination. The best thing is (that) batting used to be a constant worry for us but our batsmen are now in good form,” he explained.

But Afridi warned that in a tournament like the World Cup, it will be very important to start well and gain momentum early on in the event.

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“It’s very important to win the first couple of matches to build momentum. Our youngsters are capable of beating any team in the world".

“I see Pakistan as one of the teams in the semifinals and, God willing, I’m confident they’ll play the final too. Pressure is inevitable in international cricket. It tests a player and his mental strength. But World Cup is also a great opportunity to become a hero with the whole world looking at you.”

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