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Pakistan treating warm up games no differently


Defending Twenty20 World Champions Pakistan are in no mood to relax ahead of their title defence even during their warm up games this week.

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi said the team wanted to get off to a flyer after suffering a disappointing start to last years tournament in England when they were beaten by the hosts in their opening match.

Afridi knows a similar lapse in the West Indies could prove costly.

"The Bangladesh match is the first match in the tournament for us and it is a vital game, so we must make sure that we are fully prepared, ready and in good form ahead of the first match. This is why the two warmup matches are crucial," said Afridi.

"The matches against Windward XI and Zimbabwe will be used as vital practice for the real thing, We want to take the matches very seriously and ensure that our players make full use of the warm up fixtures."

"We don't want to start slowly and would much rather go into the tournament showing some decent form," he added.

Pakistan start their title defence against Bangladesh on Saturday before playing Australia 24 hours later in Guyana. A poor start could mean Pakistans tournament could be over before other teams have even played a game.

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