Sports: Cricket: We need to be mentally strong against South Africa: Afridi

Karachi: As Pakistan’s Test series against South Africa come closer, former captain Shahid Afridi felt the team has the ingredients of doing well against the number team provided it plays with confidence.

The three match rubber will kick off in Johannesburg on Friday where the home team will start as favourites to clinch the series.

However, Afridi who also captained Pakistan in the longer format believed the visitors have the ability to shock the home team in the series.

“It’s going to be a tough series,” the seasoned allrounder said on Wednesday. “We need to be mentally strong and go with confidence. South Africa is a big team having good potential in bowling but Pakistan also has the ability to do well.”

Meanwhile, the former captain who was snubbed from ODI squad for India tour last month expressed his desire to make a comeback.

“I want to be back in ODI and I will hopefully,” said the allrounder. “I have got time to work on the challenge. I have ODIs record in my mind like the first to complete 300 sixes in ODIs.”

He confirmed that he will feature in the upcoming Pakistan A games against visiting Afghanistan side.

“It’s a good chance. I spoke to Iqbal [Qasim] bhae and he gave me a good response. After playing against Afghanistan, I will also like to play four day games to have more practice.”

Meanwhile, the allrounder rejected speculations that he was planning to buy franchise for the Pakistan Super League PSL. “I have no such plans, in fact my relatives were interested on that.”

He added that the planned league was a good step and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf and his team deserved the credit for initiative.