I am proud of team, says Afridi on return

ISLAMABAD: Captain of Pakistan cricket team, Shahid Afridi Wednesday urged fans to back the team.

"I am proud of the team, which played as a unit," said Afridi, who led the defending champions in the World Twenty20 for a semi-final finish.

"I would request fans to support us because we have seen difficult times in cricket and only unity can help us," said Afridi upon the team''s return from the West Indies.

"We did not do well in initial matches but were back in rhythm with our Super Eight win against South Africa and that is why the semi-final defeat hurt us," Afridi said.

"Had we won against Australia and lost the final it would have been acceptable," reported a private news channel qouting him as saying.

"But I am satisfied with the overall performance of the team and whoever becomes captain the most important thing should be unity of the team and the support of the fans," said Afridi, captain only of the Twenty20 side.

He also backed off-spinner Ajmal."I know a lot of people criticise the decision to bowl Ajmal in the last over, but I still maintain that he is a match-winner and bowled us to victory in the last over against South Africa a match earlier," said Afridi.

"I would request fans to accept this result and support the team because we are coming out of difficult times in our cricket."