Take inspiration from Qureshi, Afridi tells teammates

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2010, 17:40 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan`s ODI and Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi has called on his players to seek inspiration from the exploits of tennis star Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi to make a comeback in the one-day series against England.

Qureshi and his Indian partner Rohan Bopanna finished runners-up at the US Open men`s doubles event.

Afridi said Qureshi had done Pakistan proud and for once it was good to see sportsmen other then cricketers being lauded in the country.

"His performances are an inspiration for all of us and he has brought so much joy to the people. I think our players must also take inspiration from him that nothing is impossible in sports," Afridi said.

"Qureshi may have lost in the finals of the men`s doubles and mixed doubles but he fought hard and gave it his best shot and that is why everyone is proud of him."

Afridi said he expected his players to show the same fighting spirit in the remaining one-dayers against England, which leads the five-match series 2-0 with the third match slated today.

Afridi said he would love to meet with Qureshi and team up with him to raise funds for the flood victims of Pakistan.

PTI