'Australia not favourities in Twenty20 WC'
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi says any team can win the title as the game's shortest version is very inpredictable.Updated: Aug 02, 2007 12:21 IST
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi does not consider world champions Australia as clear favourites to win the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa in September and thinks that any team could win the title as the game's shortest version was very inpredictable.
"I don't think this time Australia are clear favourites in this tournament. It is an open event and any team can win it."
"Twenty20 is the sort of cricket where you can't even discount a team like Scotland who can beat anyone on a good day," Afridi told reporters at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday.
Afridi said India, New Zealand and South Africa along with Pakistan were the other main contenders for the event.
Pakistan is placed in group D with India and Scotland.
Afridi, who is reputed for his aggressive batting and leg spin bowling, has said he wants to leave his mark on the Twenty20 World Championship and do something special in it.
"Pakistan's biggest advantage is that we have a good bowling attack that can carry us through in the event," he said.
He, however, was not happy with the pitches prepared for the preparatory camp in Karachi in which practice matches are being held regularly among the probables in the camp.
"To be honest I am not happy with these pitches they are too flat for the bowlers. But then Twenty20 cricket is designed for the batters. But given the sort of conditions we will get in South Africa in September the pitches should have been a bit more sporting," he added.
The Pakistan team management and selectors on Thursday had the head curator at the national stadium prepare a track with a bit more pace and bounce.
"The impression is wrong that they will have flat pitches for the Twenty20 World Cup. The track at the Wanderers in Johannesburg always has a bit for the bowlers at this time of the year," said Afridi.
First Published: Aug 02, 2007 12:06 IST