Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi hoped his beleaguered side is focused enough to counter a spirited South African team in the back-to-back Twenty20 matches starting from today.
Afridi said the squad has plenty ability to counter the South Africans.
“We know we are without two of our best bowlers in Aamer and Asif,” said Afridi of the two suspended bowlers. “But we still have plenty talent to counter South Africa who are a very fine team in the shorter form of the game.”
South African skipper Johan Botha agreed Pakistan will miss the talent of Asif and Aamer.
“You always miss quality players and definitely Pakistan will miss the two (suspended) bowlers, but we too have injury problems in the squad and when such things happen other players step in,” said Botha.
Botha hoped at least two of the three players will be available for the second Twenty 20, also to be played here on Wednesday.
“Playing Pakistan is always a great challenege and they knocked us out in two major Twenty20 matches,” said Botha of Pakistan’s wins over South Africa in the second and third World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
The two sides play the first two one-day in Abu Dhabi before the last three limited over matches in Dubai.
Dubai will also stage the first Test, while the second will be played in Abu Dhabi.