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Afridi hails Pakistan focus

Pakistan skipper says he has 'never seen' such focus from side

Afridi: Determined to succeed

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi believes his side are more focused than ever ahead of the World Cup knockout stages.

"I have played for 14 years and never seen the team train so seriously and focus on their game."

Shahid Afridi

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The Group A winners face West Indies in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, where they will be favourites to book a spot in the last four.

Victory over the Windies could potentially set-up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with India, who go up against Australia on Thursday.

And Afridi says that he has never been part of a more determined Pakistan squad since making his one-day international debut in 1996.

"I have played for 14 years and never seen the team train so seriously and focus on their game. The entire team is together in the dream to do well in the World Cup," he said.

Confidence

"Our aim at the start was to make the semi-finals and I am confident we can achieve that. The expectations back home are high and we are determined not to let our supporters down."

Afridi is currently the leading wicket-taker at the tournament, having dismissed 17 batsman so far including two five-wicket hauls.

The all-rounder has been part of a potent attack that propelled Pakistan to five wins in the group stages, but admits that he now needs to improve with the bat.

He added: "Our success so far has been entirely due to the bowlers, who have done a very good job. I myself have not batted well and will focus on that tomorrow.

"I know how important my batting is for the team and I will try to get some runs on the board."

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