If we play with sincerity we can win, says Afridi

Shahid Afridi

Flamboyant Pakistan allrounder, Shahid Afridi has left for the United Arab Emirates with a plea to his teammates to play as a united outfit against Australia during the one-day series starting tomorrow.

Insisting that though the conditions in UAE would suit Pakistan more than the Australians, Afridi said still they would have to play well to beat the Australians who are always competitive at any level of cricket.

Afridi, who returned midway from the Sri Lankan Premier League to be with his ailing wife and than left for the UAE to join the national team, told reporters that Pakistan had a good chance of beating the Australians.

"They are a world class side. But we have a good chance as we know the conditions better. All we need is to use our experience there to our advantage. We have a good Twenty20 side as well and if we play with sincerity we can win the series," he said.

The three-match ODI series, which will be followed by the same number of Twenty20s, begins tomorrow. The former skipper also said that the players' participation in SLPL will also prove to be helpful.

"It's a different series but the participation kept the players in loop. We just need to gel as a team." The allrounder, however, admitted he was concerned about his own form and wanted to contribute with bat and ball against Australia.

"I'm aware that my performance is important and I'll hopefully live up to expectations. Because I know I have an important role to play as a senior member of the side."

The Pakistan squad which has already assembled in UAE had so far avoided the morning and afternoon practice sessions due to the heat.

Pakistan team manager Naved Akram Cheema said it was decided to avoid the day practice.

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