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A drawn Test series in England would be as big as victory: Shahid Afridi

Pakistan will start their three-match Test series against England on Wednesday at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

By: PTI | Karachi | August 3, 2020 8:28:32 pm
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A drawn Test series against the formidable England side will be as good as victory believes former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi.

Pakistan will start their Test campaign on Wednesday at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

“English conditions are difficult when it comes to Test matches. I have high hopes from our team and I think even if they can draw the series, it would be equal to winning,” Afridi told Cricket Pakistan.com.pk.

He noted that head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq, batting coach, Younis Khan, bowling coach, Waqar Younis, and spin coach, Mushtaq Ahmed had loads of experience of playing in England.

“I think the presence of this management is a big plus for our team and I am confident that these former stalwarts will be able to guide the players well session to session in the Tests,” he added.

Afridi also said he was looking forward to some top performances from Babar Azam in the series.

“He is a wonderful talent and I don’t think he has taken the pressure of being made captain. His game has improved and he loves challenges.

“He is going to be the backbone of the Pakistan batting and he is a very focussed player. In the coming days he should single-handedly win matches for Pakistan,” he said.

The former skipper who took early retirement from Test cricket in 2010 while captaining the side in England and after playing just 27 matches, however, represented the country in 398 ODIs and 99 T20 Internationals before he retired from international cricket in 2016.

Afridi expressed satisfaction at the pace bowling resources available in Pakistan cricket and said the country had always produced some top class pace bowlers.

“I see a great future ahead of Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and we also have the experienced trio of Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Abbas, Muhammad Amir and Sohail Khan who can teach these youngsters a lot in England,” he concluded.

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