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World Twenty20: Pakistan skipper Hafeez targets title

Mirpur: Confident Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez insists his aim is not just to beat hosts Bangladesh on Sunday or clinch a place in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals, but to lift the trophy.

“Our target is not to reach the semi-finals but to win the tournament. We have done well in difficult conditions, so we are destined to do well. We always look to do well in tournaments,” Hafeez said after a hard training workout on Saturday that sharpened their all-round skills.

“In the last six days, we have trained hard and worked out very well. Management worked on our weaknesses. We’ve all given 100 per cent despite the rising heat. The build-up to the crucial stage of the tournament has gone very well.”

When asked about his team’s chances against Bangladesh, Hafeez said: “No team is easy because in T20 we have seen that all teams have given a tough time to each other. You have to do the basics right to win each and every game. We respect them and will do our level best to win the game.”

Hafeez hailed arch-rivals India’s performances as they have won three from three to become the first side into the last-four. “India have played very good cricket so far in the tournament. It’s good they are through and the rest of the teams know what it will take to advance,” he said.

Talking about the dominance of spin in this tournament, Hafeez added: “It’s good that spinners are getting more success in the T20 format. We have [Shahid] Afridi with us for many years. He is doing the job for us. [Saeed] Ajmal is also performing very well for us.”