Babar Azam terms T20 World Cup in UAE ‘a home event’
Babar Azam on Tuesday said that the T20 World Cup – which will take place in United Arab Emirates (UAE) – is a “home event for Pakistan” as the national team has been playing its matches there for more than a decade now.
“We have a good idea of conditions there and we will try our best to utilize that,” Babar said in a video released by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
He further added that Pakistan has not only shaped its talent and improved its performance in UAE, but the country has also beaten the best teams and aimed for the number one spot in ICC T20 International rankings.
Pakistan has played the T20 series against England and West Indies in UAE. The national team will go against New Zealand in Pakistan ahead of the tournament.
Babar on team’s preparation
“Pakistan has tried various combinations ahead of the T20 World Cup and will enter the tournament as a fully prepared side with a winning combination,” the skipper stated.
He further added that the team’s skills and performance will be polished before entering the tournament.
“The scheduled announcement of the T20 World Cup brings us a step forward in our preparations for this much-awaited global tournament,” Babar said.
Before T20 World Cup, he added, Pakistan will improve their performance. He further added that the team will try to win as many matches as possible to gain confidence.
Talking about the players, he stated: “All the players are excited, motivated and enthusiastic, and view this tournament as an opportunity to showcase their skills, they know that performing at a top stage as World Cup brings you in [the] limelight.”
This is the first time Babar will be leading his team in an ICC event. He said that he is focused to inspire his team with his performance and aims to help the national team win another ICC Trophy.
T20 World Cup
The tournament is scheduled to start on October 17. Pakistan will start its journey with the clash against arch-rivals India on October 24.
After India, green shirts will take on New Zealand on October 26 and Afghanistan on October 29.
Following the initial round, Pakistan will be competing on November 2 against the runner-up of group A and on November 7 against the winner of group B.
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