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Afridi warns teams not to take Pakistan lightly

Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi today issued a warning to the other World Cup teams, saying that none should underestimate his side as his players were "focussed and united" under his leadership.

cricket Updated: Feb 13, 2011 00:33 IST
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Shahid Afridi

Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi today issued a warning to the other World Cup teams, saying that none should underestimate his side as his players were "focussed and united" under his leadership.

"They feel hungry to win a big event and want to play good cricket," Afridi told reporters here.

Stating that a fruitful tour of New Zealand had bolstered the side's morale, Afridi said Pakistan have left the spot-fixing scandal behind and are now eager to rebuild the team.

"I think we're really going through a very tough situation. But I am very happy because we are trying to rebuild the team and keep the morale high," said Afridi, admitting that Pakistan team was severely jolted by the spot-fixing scandal.

"I am confident the team is in very good shape now. We all know how important the World Cup is for us and for our country. The message for other teams is that no one should underestimate us."

Confident of doing well in the mega-event, Afridi said his team was a right mix of youth and experience.

"We have a very good bunch of youngsters and some experienced players. It is good to see Kamran Akmal back in the team. Misbah-ul Haq is in good form and Younis Khan is also batting well.