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“The fact is we took Zimbabwe to be a weak side and underestimated them and we paid the price”
Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has still not got over the fact that Zimbabwe beat his side in an ODI and Test match when they were touring the African nation last month.
Afridi revealed that he, and a majority of the other players, were all shocked and embarrassed to have lost against a lower-ranked team.
“It came as a shocker to all of us because given our reputation, status and ranking we certainly shouldn’t have lost to Zimbabwe,” Afridi said.
However, Afridi admitted that Pakistan had underestimated Zimbabwe throughout the series and they paid the ultimate price for that.
“The fact is we took Zimbabwe to be a weak side and underestimated them and we paid the price for our complacency on the field,” he said.
Afridi noted that Pakistan should have played a lot more aggressively, while adding that the tour was a good warm-up for their upcoming ‘home’ series against South Africa, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates.
“Unfortunately we didn’t do that and we ended playing according to their pace,” he said. “But we have some world-class players and it is good we got this series before we play South Africa.”
The all-rounder also shuddered to think of what would happen if Pakistan were to make the same mistakes against the top Test nation in the world.
“I think we have a good chance of redeeming ourselves in the Tests against South Africa,” he added.