Babar Azam wants to re-establish Pakistan’s “Superiority” in T20

Suhaib Ahmed

17th Aug, 2021. 07:17 pm
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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said that the upcoming T20 World Cup will be an opportunity for his team to re-establish their “superiority” in Twenty20 format.

Babar Azam wants to re-establish the team’s “superiority” in the T20 format by winning the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. Pakistan, the T20 World Cup champions in 2009, will open their game in the 2021 event against India at the Dubai International Stadium on 24th October.

In an ICC release, Babar said, “All the players are excited, motivated, and enthusiastic, and eyeing this tournament as an opportunity to showcase our prowess and re-establish our superiority in the shortest format of the game in conditions that suit us best,”

Pakistan will also face New Zealand and Afghanistan in Group 2 of the Super 12s stage, with two qualifiers from Round 1. At the same venue, Pakistan will play against New Zealand and Afghanistan on 27th October and 29th October respectively.

Speaking about Pakistan’s planning for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, Babar said: “We will utilize the build-up period by playing in home series against New Zealand and England and will not only aim to fine-tune our final outlook but also try win as many matches as possible so that we can carry that winning form and momentum to the United Arab Emirates,”

He remains “focused” on inspiring his team with his performances in the T20 World Cup.

He added, “From a personal point of view, this will be my first ICC Major Event as Pakistan captain. As a player, I have tasted success in the 2017 Champions Trophy and suffered disappointment in 2019 when we missed out on a World Cup semi-final spot by a fraction of a point despite beating both the finalists in league matches,”

He concluded, “I remain focused on inspiring my side with my performances so that we can become the first Pakistan side to win an ICC Major Event in Asia,”

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman will begin from 17th October, and the final will be played in Dubai on 14th November.

 

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