Sunday Tribune

Pakistan seeking revenge

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi says his side is eager to avenge its Champions Trophy semi-final loss when they take on New Zealand in the upcoming limited-overs series.

“We are definitely better prepared for them this time,” Afridi said yesterday.

“Bring on the (Daniel) Vettoris, the (Shane) Bonds, the (Kyle) Mills, we are ready for you.”

New Zealand defeated Pakistan in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy in South Africa last month, but then lost the final to Australia.

Pakistan are scheduled to leave for the United Arab Emirates next week for the threematch one-day series and two Twenty20 games in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Pakistan’s ’home’ series was shifted to a neutral venue due to ongoing security concerns.

Later, Pakistan will play three Tests in New Zealand.

Afridi will captain the side in the T20 games after Younis Khan retired from the shortest form of the game following Pakistan’s victory in the T20 World Cup earlier this year.

Afridi was named captain until the next T20 World Cup in the West Indies next year. – Sapa-AP

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