LAHORE - Pakistan Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi Wednesday said that he didn’t want to make more changes to the team ahead of the World Twenty20 to be held in India in March this year.

To strengthen Pakistan’s bowling line-up, the selectors have recalled fit-again fast bowler Umar Gul and all-rounder Imad Wasim. But the captain wasn’t in mood to make more changes in the squad and said: “It’s Pakistan’s top 16 players. I have told the selectors that it’s my wish there should not be any changes and we should take this team to the World Twenty20,” Afridi told reporters here at the Gaddafi Stadium during the national team’s training camp.

The T20 captain also bakced M Aamir, who is waiting for his visa to compete in a limited-overs series against New Zealand. “A person does make a mistake and Aamir has served his punishment, he should be given a chance.”

Afridi said he believed Aamir didn’t lie to him or to the court about his involvement in spot-fixing during a 2010 Test match. Pakistan have named Aamir in the squad for three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals later this month. However, Aamir’s visa needs to be cleared by New Zealand immigration authorities because he served three months of a six-month prison term when he was handed a five-year ban.

Afridi didn’t know about the status of Aamir’s visa with the Pakistan team due to fly out to New Zealand early next week. “I have no idea about his visa but, even if he doesn’t get a visa, we have choices with which our balance of the team will not be disturbed,” Afridi said.

The T20 captain criticised the roles of former captain Salman Butt and fast bowler M Asif in the same spot-fixing case. Unlike Amir, both Butt and Asif pleaded not guilty against their minimum five-year suspension and even went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) before their appeals were rejected. Their suspensions were also lifted last September when the ICC allowed them to compete in all forms of the game. “Butt and Asif continued to lie for 2 to 3 years and then criticised the team on private television, so first they should look to themselves what they’ve done,” Afridi said.

The three-match series against New Zealand will be Pakistan’s last international series before the World Twenty20 in March. The selectors have been shuffling the team over the last year but the side slipped to No 6 in the world Twenty20 rankings after England routed them 3-0 in the UAE last month. “If we commit club-class mistakes, the way our batsmen got run-out and dropped catches, we can’t beat a team at international level,” he said.