'Boom Boom' Afridi urges critics to back Pak players during 'tough times'

Islamabad, Dec 3 : Pakistan cricket player Shahid Afridi has said that he believes critics should back the cricket team more during tough times.

According to The Express Tribune, the players returned home in groups on Monday after a successful tour of South Africa, where they levelled the Twenty20 series 1-1 before claiming their first ODI series [2-1] win against the Proteas.

Before this tour, Pakistan were beaten by the same opponents in both the ODI series [4-1] and T20 series [2-0] in the UAE, the report said.

Former cricketers featuring in various television shows and interviews questioned team tactics, motivation and application of the players, especially the senior players, the report added.

All-rounder Shahid Afridi, who endured a lean run with the bat in both UAE and South Africa, however, minced no words in slamming the critics while speaking to media in Karachi, the report further said.

He said that the former players were posing as if the team never lost in their time, adding that it is not the team of just 16 players but it is also their team and they should back players in tough times instead of demoralizing them.

--ANI (Posted on 03-12-2013)

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