Pak will be under pressure during Champions Trophy: Afridi

Updated: 30 August 2009 13:53 IST

Pakistan will have to handle pressure judiciously to perform well in the upcoming Champions Trophy, feels new vice-captain Shahid Afridi.

Pak will be under pressure during Champions Trophy: Afridi

Karachi:

The ICC World Twenty20 win will augment the expectation from Pakistan as cricketers have to handle pressure judiciously to perform well in the upcoming Champions Trophy, feels new vice-captain Shahid Afridi.

"Carrying the tag of T20 World Cup winner into Champions Trophy means there are automatically going to be a lot of expectations from us to do well. The way we won T20 World Cup means we have the ability to win the Champions Trophy, but the only thing is we have to develop mindset to handle pressure as well," Afridi said.

Afridi, who has recently been appointed as the deputy to Younis Khan for the eight-nation tournament, cast aside possibility of any conflict of idea with the skipper.

"The vice-captain is there to support his captain and only become effective when the captain is not available for some reason. So at the moment my focus is on continuing my good form as a player and contributing with bat and ball to the team," Afridi said.

"Having been named as vice-captain is not going to mean any additional pressure on me because I have been around for a long time and Younis is a top captain who knows how to lead the side," he added.

Muhammad Asif appeared in a T20 tournament, organised on the occasion of Ramzan at Asghar Ali Shah Stadium yesterday night before a big crowd.

"I have been given the T20 captaincy and now made the vice-captain. This is good enough for me now. But I know my primary and most important role still remains to contribute consistently as a player," Afridi said.

Afridi termed the Champions Trophy as one of the toughest tournaments in international cricket and said, "Every match we have to play as a knockout encounter."

The tournament will commence in South Africa from September 22.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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