PAKISTAN: Following a disappointing home Test season, internet rumours about Babar Azam’s future as Pakistan’s captain began to circulate.
Babar was questioned about whether he was considering resigning as Test captain due to his dismal home record since last year during a press conference before the ODI series against New Zealand.
“The Test matches, in my opinion, have ended, and we are currently engaged in a white ball series. If you have any questions about this White Ball series, feel free to inquire about it,” Babar replied.
Babar added, “I don’t have to justify myself to anyone,” when pressed again about his captaincy and whether it was harming his batting. I am aware of my condition. I’m concentrating on doing well for Pakistan”.
He also said that the players were looking forward to the One-Day Series on Monday at the National Stadium in Karachi.
Pakistan knows that New Zealand has an excellent squad, and that the series would be difficult for both teams, but they have performed well in white-ball formats and hope to continue that momentum against them.
Additionally, Babar stated that he and the head coach were routinely in meetings, providing their opinions and detailing their ideas to the selectors, and that he had no difficulties with the interim chief selector, Shahid Afridi, regarding player selection.
He believes they must be on the same page. With Pakistan’s greatest bowlers returning, they are optimistic that they can defeat New Zealand.
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson stated that the conditions would determine the strategy his team will use during the three-match series.
The majority of the rumours were put to rest yesterday after Pakistan overcame New Zealand in the opening ODI by needing just six wickets to chase down 256 runs thanks to Mohammad Rizwan’s undefeated 77-run effort and captain Babar Azam’s 66.
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