Rubbishing media reports that Pakistan do not want to play their knockout stage games in India, captain Shahid Afridi insisted that his side has no fears playing in India.
“I have never said anything along the lines that we don’t want to go to India. I never said that,” said Afridi,
“We are here to play the World Cup, so wherever we have to play we will go and we have no fears over going to India. I think a cricket match has always brought the people of both countries together and has the capacity to improve the relations between the two,” he added.
There is a possibility of a quarterfinal clash between the two South Asian rivals at Ahmedabad.
The relationship between the two nations has soured since the terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008. Afridi, however, said that he has always enjoyed playing in India.
“I have always enjoyed cricket in India, never enjoyed anywhere more than in India, I get maximum enjoyment there,” said Afridi.
Afridi said whenever the two nations meet there is always pressure. “For both teams, the pressure is always there and whoever handles the pressure wins the match. But before that we have an important match against Australia and I think we have the capacity to beat them,” said Afridi.
Keywords: 2011 cricket world cup