Babar Azam, the Pakistani captain, defended the recent changes in the Pakistani team for the ICC T20 World Cup, claiming that some players were not in “great form” during the National T20 Cup.
“Some players were not in excellent form throughout the local tournament,” Babar Azam revealed during a virtual press conference.
“Some players were unable to perform well, so changes were made to the squad,” he continued.
Babar Azam was pleased to see left-handed batsman Fakhar Zaman, all-rounder Shoaib Malik, and Haider Ali included in the squad. He stated that the players profited from their participation in the National T20 Cup.
“After the National T20 Cup, we also went to a training camp,” he added. “Because all of the players were gathered there, it was advantageous to us.”
‘Representing Pakistan matter of pride’
Babar Azam also commented about representing Pakistan as a skipper for the first time in a major ICC event, stating that it is a source of pride for him.
“Captaining a team in a huge event, on the other hand, is a difficult responsibility for me,” he admitted.
Azam expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to do so.
He stated that the team was focused on performing well at the World Cup. “Impressive performances give you confidence,” he explained. “I am in good shape, so that will help me,” he continued.
Azam expressed his excitement for the event to begin. He stated it was a proud experience for him when Pakistan won the T20 World Cup in 2009.
“We’ll do everything we can to recreate that moment,” he stated.
Babar Azam claimed the team has played a lot of cricket in the UAE because of the circumstances. He did, however, stress the necessity of the squad performing well in all three aspects of the game.