Only people who are guilty of allegations feel pressure: Afridi

Karachi: Pakistan`s ODI and T20 captain Shahid Afridi has said that his team is not under any pressure, as only "guilty" people feel the pressure if allegations are levelled against them.

"Why should we feel under pressure? We haven`t done anything wrong. We are not guilty of any wrongdoing," The Nation quoted Afridi as saying, when asked in an interview whether the Pakistani team had come under pressure after spot-fixing allegations and a string of losses earlier in the series.

In what seemed to be a veiled attack on the England team, Afridi stressed, "Only People who feel guilty take pressure."

England captain Andrew Strauss had earlier said that he felt disappointed after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt alleged that England deliberately lost their third ODI against Pakistan at the Oval.

"I`m pretty deflated, really. It has been a long and arduous and difficult 24 hours and to lose a game of cricket at the back end of it, which we were in a good position to win, is very disappointing," Strauss had said after his team`s defeat at Lord`s.

Afridi, believing that constant claims of corruption against his team were a conspiracy, said, "The way so many people are joining the bashing of Pakistan cricket shows that a conspiracy is on to finish our cricket... But we won`t allow it. As far as I and my team are concerned we will give our best on the field and play our role in saving Pakistan cricket from all such conspiracies."

Talking about the last match to be played at Southampton today, he said, "The boys are feeling confident and motivated...

Victories in the last two matches have really helped us. It has given the boys a lot of self-belief. They are now focused on the series decider because it`s their last test on a long and exhaustive tour with a lot of bad memories," adding that his team would give its best to win the crucial match and end the series on a positive note.


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