Pak ready for title defence in T20 World Cup: Afridi

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Karachi, Nov 16 (ANI): Pakistan's Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi believes that his team was right on course in its preparations for a successful title defence in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.

After leading Pakistan to a comfortable 2-0 series triumph over New Zealand in Dubai on Friday, Afridi said that the Greenshirts are working hard and will go on to defend their crown they won in England last June.

"We've been working really hard and I'm sure that the boys will be fully ready to defend the title in the Twenty20 World Cup next year," The News quoted him, as saying.

Afridi, who will spear head Pakistan's campaign in the 2010 World Twenty20, said that his team was perfectly suited to the fastest version of the game.

He also praised the way his players performed to win both the T20 games against New Zealand.

"As captain, I tried to boost the morale of the boys and they responded perfectly," he said.

Afridi blamed a complete batting failure for Pakistan's stunning defeat in the one-day series against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

He hoped that Pakistan will bounce back by beating New Zealand in the three-match Test series getting underway in Dunedin from November 25.

Afridi said that Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistan's captain for the Test series, was an experienced campaigner and will be able to get the best out of his players in New Zealand.

"Yousuf is a very senior player and I'm sure he will lead the team to victory in the Test series against New Zealand," said Afridi. (ANI)

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