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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Afridi not losing hope

Pakistan cricket is reeling under waves of controversy but skipper Shahid Afridi said Thursday it would have no effect on their performance at the World Cup.
Pakistan and world cricket was once again plunged into darkness when a video of alleged bookie Mazar Majeed revealing the named of four more players involved in match fixing was released on Tuesday.
The International Cricket Council has already suspended Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt and Majeed said Akmal brothers Umar and Kamran, Imran Farhat and Wahab Riaz weer also on his pay roll.
"I strongly believe that Pakistan will be among the top contenders. There have been many controversies recently but we will leave them behind to concentrate on World Cup.
"We have good batting line up and talented bowlers. All of them are confident of good show," the flamboyant all-rounder said.
Afridi also went on to predict the semi-finalist of the World Cup that starts from February 19 and will be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
"I think India, Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka will be in the semifinals. India and Sri Lanka will face additional pressure as they will be playing on home turf," Afridi said.
He also praised the current Indian team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"India is continuously playing well since Dhoni has taken over. The confidence level of the team is amazing and I think it will be an exciting contest," said the veteran, who has scored 6371 runs in 303 ODIs for Pakistan
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