Afridi has to give results, says Malik

October 29th, 2010 - 6:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik feels Shahid Afridi has to deliver as a captain and make the most of the opportunity that has been given to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“I always supported him and believe he has the experience to do well but he will have to deliver positive results and grab the opportunity that was given to him to lead the country,” Malik was quoted as saying by ESPNSTAR.com.

Malik hopes for a chance to represent Pakistan in the World Cup and said he has the faith Afridi.

“It is a dream for every cricketer to play for one’s country in the World Cup and I believe I am still good enough to represent Pakistan for many more years. I will be delighted to get the opportunity. In order to perform, it is very important to have the unstinted faith of the captain,” he said.

Asked about Pakistan’s chances in the World Cup, Malik said: “We have a talented bunch of players and the Pakistani team can never be written off, particularly in one-day cricket. Pakistan has had a very strong batting line-up but at the moment, the batsmen are struggling to translate talent into performance at the highest level.

“Recently, we have not had the benefit of playing too much cricket on the placid wickets, which are generally found in the sub-continent. Our bowlers have performed better in the prevailing conditions that have favoured them more in countries like England.”

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