Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Sri Lanka’s wickets and conditions are well prepared: Babar Azam

“We have prepared well for Sri Lanka’s wickets and conditions and as captain, my goal is to win the match and we will try to do well there,” said national team captain Babar Azam.

Speaking at a press conference in Lahore before leaving for the series against Sri Lanka, Babar Azam said, “After 2015, we are now going to Sri Lanka. We have prepared for the wickets there and we know the conditions there.” Is.

He said that Yasir Shah has returned to the team while we have Agha Salman along with Mohammad Nawaz. The wickets will support spin there. I also have confidence in my fast bowlers because they also dominate the rival team. ۔

He said that our batsmen are looking in good form, they have performed well in practice matches so hopefully they will perform well.

In response to a question, Babar said that the Sri Lankan team consists of young players with only two or three senior players, every team at home is dangerous and the Sri Lankan team knows how to play in their conditions. Yes, but we will plan to get their batsmen out because unless we get 20 players out, we can’t win the match.

Asked about the changing trend of Test cricket and Pakistan’s strategy in batting aggressively, Babar said, “Everything takes time. We have to play according to the situation on the field. That’s the effort.” In order to achieve the goal, we as a team are also focusing on the fact that no matter what the situation, we have to play positive cricket.

He said that Shoaib Akhtar came to the camp of the national team and talked to the fast bowlers. He gave them confidence and I think he helped the bowlers a lot and shared his experiences with them.

Asked about feeding Shaun Masood in the middle order, he said, “If we go to Sri Lanka now, there is a side match. We will play with different combinations. We will field the best team and if we think Shaun Masood is suitable.” Yes, we will feed them.

During the press conference, a journalist asked that when PCB chairman Rameez Raja came here a few days ago, he said that Babar & Co. is performing very well, which is why there is no criticism and I should not be removed. If Babar & Co. loses in Sri Lanka, will the guns be directed at you and them? Is there any prospect of change after that? To this question, Babar replied, “Are you waiting for us to do something wrong?” You are not happy that Pakistan’s name is shining as a team and we are performing well, everyone should be happy but I don’t think you are happy that we are doing well.

“Our goal is to win the match against Sri Lanka and get points, we run automatically when we think of the match but as captain my goal is to win the match,” he said.

Asked about Faheem Ashraf, Babar said that he is our best all-rounder and his presence also improves the team’s combination which helps in both batting and bowling.

“I am practicing bowling part-time, I am also practicing, but the fans are themselves when we win the match and play good cricket, the effort will be to play good cricket, the result will be ours,” he said. Not in hand but effort is in our hands.

He said that off-spinner Sajid Khan is working a little on his action, it was a difficult decision to keep him out of the team but Yasir Shah has also returned to the team so we decided, I also think that He should have been in the team but we have tried to choose the best team.

It should be noted that two matches between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in connection with the ICC World Test Championship will be played in Galle and Colombo.

The first Test of the series will be played in Galle from July 16 to 20, while the second will be played in Colombo from July 24 to 28.

The national team’s training camp for the series will begin in Rawalpindi on June 26, while the squad will leave for Sri Lanka on July 6.

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