Afridi accepts a captain's challenge
All-rounder Shahid Afridi, buoyed by a run of good form, said he hoped his new attitude to batting and bowling would help Pakistan to defend its World Twenty20 title and win the World Cup in 2011.cricket Updated: Nov 07, 2009 02:06 IST
All-rounder Shahid Afridi, buoyed by a run of good form, said on Friday he hoped his new attitude to batting and bowling would help Pakistan to defend its World Twenty20 title and win the World Cup in 2011.
"I am becoming more and more responsible with my batting," Afridi told AFP.
"I want to help my team win the World Twenty20 again next year and then the bigger prize of the World Cup in two years' time."
The 29-year-old hit a punishing 51-ball 70 -- his first one-day half-century in 33 matches -- and took two for 46 to help Pakistan beat New Zealand in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday in the first match of their current one-day series.
Often criticised for not using his explosive potential, Afridi is fast disproving that notion by taking a more responsible approach to his batting.
He hit back-to-back half-centuries in the semi-final and final of the World Twenty20 held in England in June, when Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the final.
He was then rewarded with the captaincy of Pakistan's Twenty20 side after Younus Khan decided to quit the shortest form of the game.