Pakistan’s former flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi appreciated Bangladesh for playing quality cricket in the ongoing World Cup and asked Pakistan team to not take them lightly in their clash on July 5.
“For me, they [Bangladesh] have shown immense improvement and played well so far in the tournament. They can give Pakistan tough time in their upcoming match,” said Afridi while talking in ARY News’ program ‘Har Lamha Purjosh’.
The superstar cricketer advised the national cricket team to focus on their next two must-win games which will clear the way for them to qualify for the semis.
“They [boys] don’t need to think about qualifying for semis as there are two hurdles for them to cross. The team should play positive cricket and show their strength,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s chances to qualify for the semis of World Cup 2019 would become strong if they win their next two games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh on June 26 and July 5, respectively.
Talking about grouping against Younis Khan back in 2009, Afridi said that the players were having problems with Younis and they approached the then Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s chairman Ejaz Butt.
“I was clear at that time. I asked the boys to directly talk to Younis but they insisted to talk to Butt. I was not against Younis or his captaincy at all,” Afridi stated while commenting on Saeed Ajmal’s controversial statements about grouping in the team at the time of Yonis’s captaincy.