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Player Interview | Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi speaks with media today

Shaheen Afridi speaks with media today.

Key points:

  • England tour is tough but enough practice matches to prepare and we acknowledge PCB's initiative to give us more time.
  • Test cricket my main focus - win matches and make name for myself - Wasim and Waqar are talked about today because of the Test wickets they took.
  • This is beyond my expectations to have so much success at this age.
  • After two months of no activity some of us were very frustrated and perhaps were not that smart when came out first to practice - After PCB cautioned some of us we are abiding by the rules and having nets with social distancing.
  • Myself and Naseem Shah have not played Tests in England but the 29-man squad does include Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan and Mohammad Abbas.
  • My celebration - of flying kisses - will not change and it will be directed at people watching from home.
  • Empty stadiums - we are used to it by playing in UAE - and a couple of matches of PSL2020.
  • 10 bowlers in the 29-man squad - healthy competition - we all want to do well for Pakistan.
  • Covid-19 and English conditions are both challenges - we will watch the West Indies bowlers to see how they stick to new ball shining rules and learn from it.
  • Our success in the last four years in English summers - 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 - gives us heart to do well.
  • Our coaching staff is made up of four legend cricketers - Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed - and they are all very helpful and supportive.

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