‘Shoaib, Afridi will play a major role in ODI series against India’

Karachi, Nov 3 : Former Pakistan captain Hanif Mohammad, has said that players like Shoaib and Afridi had the ability to win matches almost single-handedly and predicted that the duo will play a major role in Pakistan’s campaign in the ODI series against India.

The national team currently touring India is a balanced unit and had the services of several match-winning players, he said.

Hanif said both Pakistan and India were exciting teams and some close contests were expected in the ODI series.

He, however, warned that Pakistan would have to give their best under pressure if they are to win on Indian soil.

"Pakistan-India encounters are always high-pressure games and the side which can give its best under such circumstances always wins."

Hanif advised Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik to remain calm during the series and marshal his troops with confidence and positive frame of mind.

"Malik is a new captain and obviously he would be under enormous pressure. I think he should try to remain as calm as he can and get the best out of his players in India," the Dawn quoted Hanif, as saying. (ANI)