Babar optimistic of achieving glory

Green's skipper says no added pressure of opening encounter against India

Green’s skipper Babaz Azam has said that the team was focusing on cricket and not thinking too much about the encounter against India as they wanted to perform on the day and win the game.

Talking to journalists in an online press conference, Babar Azam said that they had played 7-8 domestic matches and it had given them a lot of confidence. “We are trying our level best to be well prepared before the start of the World Cup,” he added.

Babar said that the group was optimistic as a team and the morale was high. “We are not looking at the past, instead, we are focused on the upcoming fixtures and I hope that we will play positive cricket on the given day,” he said.

“I really feel proud of being the captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team,” said the Green’s skipper.

Talking about the World Cup ambitions he said, “As a captain, I’m confident that we will win.”

Babar was happy with all the players who are on the team. Talking about the senior players, Babar was of the view that the presence of senior players would be beneficial for the younger lot and they would try to learn from the seniors. “We have got match-winners in the squad. Every individual in the team can be a match-winner on a given day,” he added.

Talking about Shoiab Malik the skipper said, “Malik has played a lot of international events along with the leagues all around the globe so his experience will come in handy.”

When asked about the opening pair, Babar said that him and Rizwan would open the innings in the mega event.

Answering a question regarding the bowling lineup, Babar was very confident in the bowling troops he has got. ” I can see the aggression in our fast bowlers and they are ready to step up whenever given the responsibility,” he said.

Babar was full of praises for the premier fast bowler Hassan Ali. “Hassan is an experienced campaigner and can spearhead the bowling lineup,” said the skipper.

“We are well aware of the conditions as we’ve been playing our home cricket in the UAE for quite some time now,” said Babar when asked about the playing conditions for the World Cup.

Pakistan will play warm-up matches against the West Indies and South Africa before kicking off their campaign on October 24 in Dubai against arch-rivals India.