Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, is looking forward to the forthcoming T20 World Cup match against arch-rivals India. Incidentally, India and Pakistan have been grouped together in Group 2 of the mega T20 event and will face off on October 24.
Despite the fact that India have won more matches when both nations have played against each other in World Cups, Babar Azam believes their arch-rivals would be under more pressure. Babar pointed out that India haven’t played T20I cricket in a long time, which would aid Pakistan in getting their campaign off to a winning start.
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After a meeting with to-be PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said:
“India will be under more pressure, as compared to Pakistan, during the T20 World Cup match as they have not played T20 cricket as a group for quite a while. India are currently playing Test cricket and after that, they will get busy with franchise cricket. The UAE is like our home ground and we will try to give our 100 percent on the field.”
There is no pressure of captaincy on me: Babar Azam
Babar Azam revealed that he had a positive dialogue with Ramiz Raja regarding the future of Pakistan cricket. Babar was also pleased with the ODI squad named for the series against New Zealand, which has received a lot of criticism from previous cricketers.
The Pakistan skipper believes it is an excellent opportunity for players to make a comeback to cement their place in the team.
“I had a positive discussion with Ramiz [Raja] bhai. He shared his mindset with us and we would carry that forward. We have picked a balanced squad for New Zealand ODIs. We are facing issues in the middle-order and this series is a good opportunity for players making a comeback to cement their place in the side. There is no pressure of captaincy on me. I try to learn from my mistakes,” said Babar.
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