Babar Azam will play in the ICC event for the first time as the captain of Pakistan through the T20 World Cup.
In the ICC T20 World Cup, the India-Pakistan match is getting more attention than the final. The two countries do not play cricket with each other except in ICC tournaments, due to which there is a lot of interest in the match. Also, the players of both the teams also see a lot of enthusiasm about this match. Although Pakistan has never been able to beat India in the ODI and T20 World Cup, but Pakistan captain Babar Azam is sure that his team will defeat the arch-rivals India in the first match of the T20 World Cup. He says that due to playing more cricket in UAE in the last three to four years, he has a better idea of the situation here. Pakistan and India will face on 24 October.
Babar Azam said in a conversation with the ICC website, ‘We have been playing cricket in the UAE for the last three years and are well aware of the situation here. We know what the wickets will be like and what adjustments the batsman will have to make. Only the team that plays better on the day of the match will win. I think we will win. Since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, teams have been refusing to tour Pakistan for security reasons. In such a situation, Pakistan has played most of the cricket in the UAE itself.
So far Pakistan has never beaten India in an ODI or T20 World Cup but Azam said that was a thing of the past. He said, ‘We know the pressure. Hopefully by winning this match we will create the momentum. Your confidence as a unit matters a lot before the tournament. Our confidence and morale is high. We are not thinking about the past but about the future and preparing for it.
Hayden and Philander will help Pakistan
About his team full of young and experienced players, he said, “All the players have done well in domestic cricket. We have a lot to learn from the senior players who have played the World Cup before. Former Australia batsman Matthew Hayden has been appointed as Pakistan’s batting consultant and former South African pacer Vernon Philander has been appointed as bowling consultant. Azam said, ‘Hayden and Philander have a lot of experience. We will try to learn from them. Our players are adept at learning fast.
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