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We will do our best to win - Shahid Afridi

We will do our best to win - Shahid Afridi
In the nine T20Is, Shahid Afridi has played against England, he has scored 94 runs while managing six wickets as well.
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Pakistan Twenty20 International captain Shahid Afridi is adamant that his team will be doing their best to win in the upcoming three-match series against England.

Pakistan started the tour against England on a good note by winning the three-match Test series 2-0, but lost the One-Day International series 3-1.

The T20I series will be a slightly different challenge for both Pakistan and England, who are currently ranked second and eighth respectively.

As well as this three-match series, Pakistan will get more match practice if the proposed series against India goes ahead, ahead of the 2016 Asia Cup which will be held in the T20 format for the first time.

With the 2016 World T20 nearing, Afridi wants Pakistan to settle down as a team and maintain their ranking as they prepare for the mega-event.

"We want to settle down before the World Twenty20," he said.

“Besides that we are ranked number two so it's an important series for us in many ways and we will do our best to win it." 

Meanwhile, England have five T20Is in their current schedule including the three matches against Pakistan and the two games against South Africa in February.

England coach Trevor Bayliss is sure that his players can take confidence from the ODI series victory to press for a win in the T20I series against Pakistan.

“England players should have a lot of confidence from the way they've played going into the three T20 matches, knowing they can play in these conditions against this quality of opposition," the Australian said.

"We want to play this T20 series and win that as well as we possibly can, but it's also a bit of a testing ground.” 

The last time the two teams played a bilateral T20I series was in 2012 in the United Arab Emirates, when England managed to score a 2-1 victory.

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