Afridi tells teammates to avoid watching talk shows

By PPI
Published: March 28, 2011
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Captain advises team not to watch news bulletins and talk shows ahead of semi-final as they may distract them. PHOTO: AFP

Captain advises team not to watch news bulletins and talk shows ahead of semi-final as they may distract them. PHOTO: AFP

MOHALI: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has instructed his teammates to avoid watching news bulletins and talk shows on TV channels ahead of his team’s cricket World Cup semi-final against old and arch rivals India in Mohali on Wednesday.

“I’ve heard that the media here has created quite a hype around our World Cup semi-final against India. But I’m not watching it. Whenever they start flashing some story about it, I just change the channel and go to something else. I have no time for it,” he said.

Afridi said Pakistan are in India to play a World Cup semi-final and that’s it.

“There is no war, nothing like that. It’s a big cricket match for both the teams and I want to just focus on it,” he stressed.

The flamboyant all-rounder said he is also advising his teammates to do the same. “I’ve asked all the players to avoid watching news or discussions on TV shows and bulletins. It might distract them.”

Afridi is seen as a vital cog for Pakistan as they look to floor India in their own backyard.

“I know that as captain and the team’s senior player, I have a huge responsibility. I’ve been really working hard and am confident that I’ll lead from the front against India. It’s a huge match not just because it’s against India but because a win in it will give us a place in the final.”

The all-rounder, who is the tournament’s most successful bowler with 21 wickets, is pleased with his team’s preparations. “We’ve had some really good training sessions here. The boys are all focused and best part is that they are all relaxed and not taking any pressure.”

“How they will handle the pressure in the match is going to be the key and I’m confident that they will not face any problems in doing that. We are a good side and have the guts to face any situation,” the skipper added.

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  • Yasir Mahmood
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:50PM

    That’s the spirit. Best of Luck Pakistan Cricket team Recommend

  • Die hard fan of Pakistan.
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:53PM

    Great Advice, Afridi! So proud of how you have evolved over the years. May Allah swt give you success and respect.Ameen*. At the end of the day, it is just a game!:) Wish, we as a nation could focus our time and energy to other equally important things too.Recommend

  • xoxo
    Mar 28, 2011 - 4:56PM

    I think it would be ok for Paki team if they watch news etc coz it will surely let them know what they are going to face at mohali n march 30th so that they must be prepare mentally for the big match. but if they avoid all that n remind unaware that might become a socking surprise for them cos when they meet the massive crowd while stepping in to Mohali Ground on macrh 30th.Recommend

  • Umair Maqsood
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Good goings Shahid bahi…We are with you.Go Greenz!Recommend

  • Asad Anwar
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:10PM

    Tum jeeto ya haaroo…. we luv u all…. May Allah bless our nation with all Success. AmeenRecommend

  • Gohar
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:28PM

    @xoxo: This is not the first time they are playing in India; only three players are playing for the first time in India. So it doesn’t matter, all the players know they have to win and if they watch talk shows they will involve in there personel battle which is not good, like Shoaib vs Sachin Gul vs Sehwag spin vs Afridi and Akmal so just keep playing normal cricket but one thing which they need to show is effort.Recommend

  • faraz
    Mar 28, 2011 - 5:42PM

    Mature talk !!Recommend

  • Kamal
    Mar 28, 2011 - 6:09PM

    Afridi is putting pressure on himself and his team by giving regular interview and comments.Sometime its about not letting Sachin score a 100 and sometime advising his team mates not to watch cricket related talk show.Even If he has to do so do privately what was the need to go public with such advise.Whether he does not have access to his team mates.Where is India team?? why we are not hearing anything from them.I think Pakistani are playing in the hands of Indian Media.Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Mar 28, 2011 - 6:53PM

    Spot on Afridi… Just go and play with all the confidence… prays of whole nation would be with you… We dont only want semi final victory but of final aswell and Insha ALLah our prays will not go un-answered!Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Mar 28, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Shahib Bhai keep working harder , you have to win this match.The whole Pakistan is praying for u.We will win the the semi-final inshala.Recommend

  • Abdul Hakeem
    Mar 28, 2011 - 7:51PM

    Its right Afridi.If we fall in medias ,your team cant concentrate in game.so it will ultimately effect the result.I am an Indian,but since my childhood I likes Pak cricket team,especially Shahid Afridi.I don’t know what is the reason.I am not alone,my friends are also.So play well man,our prays are always with you.I am very much sad about your batting.I think you will get back your foam in semi final.I think you work hard and hard.Inshah Allah, everything should be comes to the right.So play well man,it should be a tough match………..Recommend

  • junaid
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:05PM

    well done Afidi bhaii……that loathsome negative media should satay away from ur boot mud!!!!Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:13PM

    unlike indians, pakistanis will not arrogate themselves if we win and will treat a loss with dignity. its just one cricket match, and the biggest thing is that both teams play hard and represent their countries with honor. winning and losing is part of the game. indians ought to stop the pakistan bias running in their veins from blinding them from the larger issue. Recommend

  • JIA
    Mar 28, 2011 - 8:19PM

    nice approach BOOM BOOM…u r on the track to win…INSHAALLAHRecommend

  • S.Areeba
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:16PM

    @M Bilal: Though the prayers are there but these boys will work on the ground Inshallah!! am a firm believer that Pakistan will win! We will be the champions!!Recommend

  • omer
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:22PM

    funny how a single match of cricket unites a divided nation :)… Bless Men in GreenRecommend

  • Nasir ali
    Mar 28, 2011 - 10:48PM

    We should support our hero and request to all pakistani kindly consider this as sport event and d,nt take it as battle between two religion and idiology………..Hope we all will show patience and accept any kind of result with happiness and will not behave like baberians…. Recommend

  • Tamoor Azhar
    Mar 28, 2011 - 11:01PM

    Boom Boom Green Shirts u r the Champs Inshallah…..
    M sureRecommend

  • Mar 28, 2011 - 11:53PM

    Good work, Lala!Recommend

  • fahad baloch
    Mar 29, 2011 - 12:40AM

    All the Best team.. Our prayers r wid u :)Recommend

  • Noor
    Mar 29, 2011 - 1:41AM

    Gr8 initiative indeed. best wishes for Pakistani team. just believe “hoga wohi jo meri chahat hai” Trust Allah and ur abilities. you people can do that.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Mar 29, 2011 - 1:44AM

    The Khans do wonders!! You have the mojo Afridi!! Dive in – devastate them with yr superb performance!

    Ya Allah Maddaad – May Pakistan win – I love you, our excellent performing tigers…Recommend

  • Nighat+Khan
    Mar 29, 2011 - 5:36AM

    That one should do any way!Recommend

  • MAJID ISLAM
    Mar 29, 2011 - 7:23AM

    tum jeeto ya haaro suno humen tum se payar hai.what we want to see in match is how u fight.Recommend

  • SA
    Mar 29, 2011 - 8:55AM

    @omer: Well said :)Recommend

  • Zehra Siddiqui
    Mar 29, 2011 - 9:40AM

    Can the Government declare March 30 as a Public Holiday? The voice of the people will provide strength to the Pakistan team through sincere prayers. I beg the government to please declare this day as a Public Holiday.Recommend

  • khan
    Mar 29, 2011 - 11:55AM

    I will be cheering Pakistan on with a hope of a mighty sporting triumph. However we should all remember in the end it is just a game, a beautiful game at that and no more.

    It irritates me no end when some people bring God and Islam in to cricket. I humbly suggest that that there are many more important things to implore God Almighty – such as peace and prosperity for all those residing in our country.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 29, 2011 - 1:06PM

    Good Luck Shahid Lala and Team Green PakistanRecommend

  • sheraz Ali chitrali
    Mar 29, 2011 - 1:35PM

    Afridi is putting pressure on himself and his team by giving regular interview and comments.Sometime its about not letting Sachin score a 100 and sometime advising his team mates not to watch cricket related talk show.Even If he has to do so do privately what was the need to go public with such advise.Whether he does not have access to his team mates.Where is India team?? why we are not hearing anything from them.I think Pakistani are playing in the hands of Indian Media.Recommend

  • R. Khan
    Mar 29, 2011 - 2:21PM

    Good Luck! May the best team wins tomorrows match. We must take it like a game not matter of life & death. Kool it guys!Recommend

  • BS
    Mar 29, 2011 - 2:33PM

    Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
    Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.
    The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
    We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone … and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. GOOD LUCK , Mohali is stepping stone , Pakistan has to strive with teamwork and win.Insha_AllahRecommend

  • BS
    Mar 29, 2011 - 2:35PM

    So, win the World Cup,Recommend

  • AbubAkr
    Mar 29, 2011 - 5:28PM

    @BS:
    “winning isn’t everything,it’s the only thing”Recommend

  • Modasar
    Mar 30, 2011 - 4:58AM

    Pakistan Team I wish you the best and hope you win from india and also win from SL in finial and bring the WC home to 170 million people who love you and suffered terror attacks/flood/earthquakes this will bring smile on their faces fo a while. I pray to almighty ALLAH and our beloved Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to guide PAK TEAM to victory of this WC. Pakistan is great muslim nation and we deserve this. Allah should listen to millions of muslims prayers. AmeenRecommend

  • Mar 30, 2011 - 10:41AM

    inshallah green stars will win the semi final and beat india.i hope that all players will perform well without any pressure.Recommend

  • Mar 30, 2011 - 10:46AM

    @AbubAkr:
    it is true that winning is not everything but it is v.iomportent for the victory of pak team as well as Pakistan..Recommend

  • DIG
    Mar 30, 2011 - 7:02PM

    Good methodology! Recommend

  • norman
    Mar 31, 2011 - 5:58PM

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