IPL: Indian Premier League 2009

Afridi asks seniors to show more responsibility


After losing the Asia Cup opener to Sri Lanka in spite of his blistering century, Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi wanted his senior players to show more maturity and finish off the games for the side.

Afridi made a quick-fire 109, his first ODI century in four years, in Pakistanís 16 runs defeat in pursuit of 243, on Tuesday in the first game of the Asia Cup.

“We should have won the match, we were in a position to win it. I think the solution lies in the senior players taking more responsibility and doing their part.

“The seniors like Salman Butt and Shoaib Malik must try to stay at the wicket for longer periods,” he said.

Afridi was happy with his own effort but was disappointed that it could not help Pakistan win the match.

“The century would have been more valuable and I would have felt better if we had won the match,” he said.

Afridi also revealed that umpires turned down his request for a runner when he encountered a bout of cramps.

“My dismissal was the turning point of the match. When I got cramps I asked for a runner from the umpires but they turned down the request saying they couldnít allow it at a critical situation in the match,” Afridi said.

Afridi also praised paceman Shoaib Akhtar for making a successful comeback to international cricket after nearly 14 months by taking three wickets in humid and warm conditions.

“I am really satisfied with Shoaib’s performance as he put in a lot of effort in his bowling and also in his fielding. He was committed.”

Source:Cricket News

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