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Dec 03, 2010 at 09:25pm IST

Skipper, manager differ on Pak's WC prep

Karachi: Pakistan's one-day captain Shahid Afridi said on Friday he was not fully satisfied with preparations for next year's World Cup, acknowledging low expectations of victory.

Afridi expressed reservations in the light of problems that have dogged Pakistan's recent tours with players' discipline and dragged into damaging spot-fixing allegations.

"I am not 100 per cent satisfied with the team's preparations for the World Cup," Afridi told reporters at a local function.

Skipper, manager differ on Pak's WC prep

Afridi expressed reservations in the light of problems that have dogged Pakistan's recent tours with players' discipline.

"We've had problems on every tour, and although there aren't high expectations (of winning the World Cup), as captain I'm positive and will keep on motivating the team," said Afridi.

His comments came one day after manager Intikhab Alam said Pakistan was capable of winning the World Cup - to be jointly hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka from February 19 to April 2.

Key players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Amir - suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) over spot-fixing charges during the Lord's Test against England in August - are unlikely to make the team. The trio appear before an ICC commission next month and face the prospect of severe punishment, including lengthy bans.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also failed to clear wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and all-rounder Shoaib Malik for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, reportedly because of suspicions of fixing.

Pakistan has until December 19 to select a provisional 30-man World Cup squad which should be trimmed down to 15 by January 19.

Pakistan play three Twenty20, two Tests and six one-day on their tour of New Zealand starting December 26 - their last assignment before the World Cup.

Pakistan is placed in Group A of the 14-team competition along with defending champions Australia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Canada, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

India, South Africa, Bangladesh, England, West Indies, Ireland and Netherlands are in Group B of the event.

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