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Afridi To Heed ’92 Heroes’ Advice

Feb 12, 2011 1:52:21 PM - thesundayleader.lk

The team leaving for the World Cup

Keeping the team united is the key to winning the World Cup, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was told by two key members of the 1992 World Cup squad.
“I spoke to Imran Khan and Wasim Akram to seek advice for our campaign,” Afridi told reporters at Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport before leaving for Dhaka early Friday. Khan, who led Pakistan to World Cup glory in Australia, reminded Afridi that keeping the players happy and leading by example will go a long way in bringing success to the team.
“He (Khan) told me to be prepared for injuries and other problems that could hamper our performance but we shouldn’t let them discourage us,” said Afridi.
While Wasim Akram, who led Pakistan to the final of the 1999 World Cup, advised Afridi to support his players and avoid criticising them in public in order to maintain a good atmosphere in the dressing room.
Both former captains expressed confidence in the Pakistan squad’s ability to be successful at cricket’s showpiece event.
With most matches of the latter stages scheduled to be day/night games, Afridi was advised by Khan to keep the ‘dew factor’ in mind as it could affect the outcome of the match.
Akram, meanwhile, pointed out the importance of staying focused during the six-week-long tournament.
Afridi said he was confident that with the squad at hand, former cricketers’ advice and support of the nation, Pakistan will be able to be successful at the tournament.