KARACHI: Pakistan’s former captain Shahid Afridi, ICC and PCB officials along with the ICC Champions Trophy reached Edhi Home on Thursday as the trophy’s tour of Karachi of kicked off.
Faisal Edhi, son of the famous philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, welcomed the star allrounder and the officials accompanying the prestigious ICC Champions Trophy at the Edhi Home.
Shahid Afridi was happy to meet children at Edhi Home and called it a great initiative.
“Abdul Sattar Edhi practically defined the true meaning of humanity,” said Afridi while talking to media. “It is a great initiative of PCB and ICC,” he added.
Talking about the ICC event, the veteran allrounder emphasized that teams cannot afford to make any mistakes in such global events and Pakistan need to perform well in all three aspects of the game for positive results.
Shahid Afridi also talked about the crunch game between Pakistan and India which is scheduled to be played on June 4 at Edgbaston.
“Pakistan versus India game is always crucial, it is always entertaining and the ongoing form does not matter as the pressure of that game is very different,” he told.
“The key for success in such games is how good you can handle the pressure, the team that will not panic will stand victorious at the end,” he continued.
“We could not win against India in big tournaments like World Cup because we panic very quickly,” he concluded.
The star allrounder announced that he may not be playing for Pakistan this time, but he will surely travel to England to witness the live action between the two arch-rivals.
Shahid Afridi also denied the claim of Pakistan’s current limited-over formats’ captain Sarfraz Ahmed that India is afraid of playing against Pakistan.
“I don’t think that India is afraid of us, they have a very good side, I think BCCI has very little problem in playing against Pakistan, it is their government that creates issues,” he told.
The trophy will travel to University of Karachi and National Stadium later in the day.
The global cricketing event will commence from 1 June with a contest between the hosts England against Bangladesh.