Afridi has brought unity in team, says Misbah

Mohali: Pakistan`s Test captain Misbah-ul Haq feels that Shahid Afridi`s greatest quality has been to bring unity in the team which has always been in the news for all wrong reasons.

"He (Afridi) listens to senior players, he takes senior players and the coaches into confidence. We decide everything with a good co-ordination, and that`s why everything is going well. It`s a big thing actually. There is always differences of opinion, but we always go with the captain. Everyone is standing behind him," Misbah told mediapersons, ahead of his side`s much-anticipated semi-final clash against arch-rivals India, on Wednesday.

"He has led the team by example and his aggression has been exemplary. He has bowled superbly giving us breakthroughs at the right time. It helps the team when captain is performing," Misbah added.

Misbah said the team is gelling well with the senior players, including another former captain Younis Khan, helping out the juniors.

"The team members are gelling well. The big plus is that the team is playing as a unit. Everyone is chipping, putting the right input at the right time. Everyone is fulfilling the roles the team demands of them," said Misbah after his team`s three-hour practice session at Punjab Cricket Association grounds.

He also said that presence of manager and former skipper Intikhab Alam was also helping the team as he brings in wealth of experience.

Misbah said that any player-specific plan against India may backfire as "all of them are world-class."

"You cannot just single out any one individual player.

All the eleven are important and we need to have strategy for all of them. We cannot take anyone lightly, all are world class players," Haq said when asked what strategy his team will adopt to tackle players like Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan.

Asked if Shoaib Akhtar will play against India, Misbah said the management is yet to give any thought on the team composition but described the retiring fast bowler as somebody who gives "psychological advantage" against the opponents.

"He is a world class bowler who has come up with numerous match-winning performances on a number of occasions including the 1999 World Cup. Batsmen get to prepare well against pace bowling when they face him at the nets. If he does play in the coming matches, I feel it will give us a psychological advantage," Misbah said.