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Saturday, February 12, 2011

I think my squad is perfect: Afridi

Captain Shahid Afridi has desribed Pakistan's World Cup squad as perfect as it prepares for the start of the tournament next week.

Afridi, who was a late appointment as captain, said the team had the right blend to mount a title challenge despite seemingly constant off-field turmoil.

"We have a very good bunch of youngsters, very experienced players," Afridi said on Saturday.

"I think my squad is perfect." Pakistan, which will play the World Cup without three key players banned earlier this month for spot fixing, arrived in Bangladesh on Friday to play warm-up matches against Bangladesh and England.

The absence of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, and the destabilizing influence of their trial, had hurt Pakistan's chances in the World Cup, which had already been reduced by having the team stripped of its initial status as co-host.

Pakistan is in Group A, which includes three-time defending champion Australia, which is favorite to top the seven-member group, along with Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and also ZimbabweKenya and Canada.

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