Babar encourages his ailing teammates before the World Cup

Babar encourages his ailing teammates before the World Cup

Babar encourages his ailing teammates before the World Cup

Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, talked about his team’s goals and outlook before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Pakistan left the Asia Cup 2023 early despite having a strong start and failing to advance past the semifinals. In addition to their poor performance toward the end of the competition, the Men in Green were troubled by injuries and key players losing their form.

However, Babar is not surprised by this turn of events.

The captain said in a press conference before the team’s departure for India for the Cricket World Cup that his team had learned from the errors made in the Asia Cup.

Even though we weren’t able to deliver in the same manner, Babar said. But both as a team and as individuals, we have grown from our mistakes. Together with the support staff, we have talked about all of our team’s mistakes. The World Cup is a completely different [tournament] than the Asia Cup.

He continued by saying that the group had focused on the specific problems they had encountered during the competition.

“We are going to work on it and hopefully won’t be repeating them as we have made plans accordingly,” the team said of their fielding and wicket-taking lapses in the middle overs.

Fakhar Zaman (batting average of 16.25 in the Asia Cup), Shadab Khan (bowling average of 40.83), and Mohammed Nawaz (bowling average of 94) were three Pakistani players who struggled during the competition. However, Babar stood by his team, stating that solid performers required even more support.

“Since your struggling player is receiving criticism from others, you need to support them more. Given that these are the same boys who have consistently won for you, giving them confidence in the locker room becomes even more crucial.

Babar elaborated on Hasan Ali’s selection to the team while discussing Naseem Shah’s unfortunate injury.

Naseem Shah’s bowling alongside Shaheen Afridi’s gave us a unique advantage, so of course we will miss him. Choosing his replacement was difficult, but we all sat down and discussed it with [chief selector] Inzamam-ul-Haq.

“We selected Hasan Ali because of his background. He has prior World Cup experience. We can’t yet disclose our strategies, so I can’t say who will bowl the new ball or the old ball. However, we have not yet made any firm plans; this will become clearer once we visit India and evaluate the situation.

He emphasized that Pakistan can only be successful as a team.

We work as a team to achieve results rather than as individuals. There will always be ups and downs, but making changes will not strengthen team cohesion. We compete against one another as a team and have the World Cup in mind. Before we can succeed, we must win nine more games.

The majority of the Pakistani team will be playing in India for the first time ever. However, Babar insisted that the team wasn’t under too much stress and was eager to play in India.

“Even though we have never played in India, we are not putting too much pressure on ourselves. We’ve done our research, and we’ve heard that the circumstances are comparable to those in other Asian nations.

Prior to the Cricket World Cup, Pakistan will play two exhibition matches against New Zealand and Australia, respectively. On October 6 in Hyderabad, they face the Netherlands to start the tournament.

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