Fans would give Asia Cup due attention despite WC frenzy: Afridi

Karachi: Given the public frenzy for the FIFA World Cup, Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi still believes fans would give the upcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka due attention.

Talking to media persons before leaving for Sri Lanka for the quadrangular one-day tournament starting June 15, Afridi said he believes that fans would tune in to the cricket matches amidst the madness for football.

“Football is huge, but I hope after the 90 minutes of excitement (of a World Cup game) fans will give cricket its due attention and follow the Asia Cup,” The News quoted Afridi, as saying.

The tenth Asia Cup will be played from June 15-24 in Dambulla, in central Sri Lanka, about 150 kilometres northeast of capital Colombo, coinciding with the month-long FIFA world cup, which kicked off in South Africa this Friday.

Afridi said that while his team will also be following the football World Cup, the prime attention would be on cricket.

“Like millions of Asians I also follow football and my favourite team is Brazil, so like my teammates I will follow World Cup matches as and when we have time, but the focus remains the Asia Cup,” he said.



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