Pakistan were leading the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings for 27 months. From the end of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2016 in April to the start of 2019, they won 29 of their 33 T20Is, boasting of a win percentage of 87.87%. But a poor record in 2019, when they lost eight of their 12 T20Is, saw them slip to fourth place in the latest rankings.
Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam has interacted with his eight-year-old fan Samiya Afsar via video-conference call.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared a video of celebrity-fan interaction on its Twitter account.
📽️ @babarazam258 e-meets eight-year-old fan
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) July 15, 2020
Babar, during the call, gave her tips on how to improve her game and also praised her abilities.
Samiya gained prominence after a practice video went viral on social media. The young girl plans on gifting Babar a sketch she made of him when the batsman returns to Pakistan after the England tour.
The T20I skipper then announced that he will give her a signed cap in return.
Earlier, Babar Azam said that he wishes to adopt iconic cricketer Imran Khan’s style that he exhibited during his cricket days.
The batsman said that the cricketer-turned-Prime Minister always favoured an aggressive style of play and instilled confidence in his younger teammates.
“When players are praised, they get the courage [to perform well],” the batsman said, adding that “when players are relaxed they deliver better performance.”
Azam further said that now he is the skipper, he thinks less of his own self and cares more about the team’s larger interest.
“More than my own performance, I now have to work for the team,” he said.
He also added that he tries to encourage his team members and take their input for devising team plans.
Babar Azam Confident Pakistan Will Bounce Back In T20Is
Moreover, Babar Azam hopes the experience in the Pakistan team management will benefit them in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.