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Hafeez defends 'irresponsible' Afridi following poor showing during Lanka defeat

Colombo, Fri, 05 Oct 2012 ANI

Colombo, Oct 5(ANI): Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has defended all rounder Shahid Afridi following his dull performance during their World Cup semifinal defeat against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Afridi played a poor shot to be bowled out on the first delivery he faced against Rangana Herath with Pakistan struggling during their chase of 140 runs for a place in Sunday's final

Hafeez said Afridi is out of form but he gave everything for the team throughout the World Cup.

"He is a match winner, there is no doubt about his abilities. But I think... he is really in a bad form at the moment," Sports24 quoted Hafeez, as saying.

"He's really worked hard in the whole tournament, but unfortunately things didn't work for him. I can understand as a captain, as a player, when things don't work for you," he added.

"But he is a character, he is always a hard-worker and I think he is trying to come out of it (which) is a positive sign for us as a team. So that's the reason we have given him all the chances," he said.

The popular cricketer scored just 30 runs in five innings and took only four wickets with his leg-spin bowling in six matches. (ANI)

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