Pakistan’s T20 and ODI captain Babar Azam admits that when the Pakistani team arrived in England, the players had worries about what effect a three-month distance from cricket would have on them.
But after just two days of practice, the players look normal as before. His fitness is good and he is enjoying the practice.
It may be recalled that the Pakistan cricket team is currently in Worcester England to play a series of three Tests and three T20 Internationals, where it has started training in quarantine as per the protocol laid down by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Babar Azam, who is also the vice-captain of the Pakistan Test team, says all the players are looking forward to the start of the Test series.
England’s conditions are different and difficult
Babar Azam is visiting England for the fourth time in four years. He says cricket is played with Duke Ball in England. Duke Ball adapts to English conditions. When you perform well in their conditions against England bowling, your morale rises and you build confidence that if you can perform well in England, you can beat any other in the world. Can also be shown in the country.
In England cricket, the interference of the weather is noticeable and in the practice of the team, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan are highlighting the same point and explaining to the players how to bat in the changing weather.
Good performance and five Wisden cricketers
Babar Azam says that like every player, he also wants to perform at his best so that his name can be included in the top players of the world. They are more confident in the performances that come in handy and help the team win.
The former cricketer is not very optimistic
Some former Test cricketers are saying that the Pakistani team will not be able to win the Test series in England.
Babar Azam says that everyone has their own opinion and thinking. If you look at the performance of the Pakistani team in England, they have drawn the Test series in their last two tours. In 2016, it had drawn the Test series 2-2, while in 2018, the Test series had drawn 1-1.
He also did well in the home series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, looking at all these factors and the current situation of the players, he is very hopeful that the team will do well because all the players want to win.
A weakness of the England teamBabar Azam, like his captain Azhar Ali, is hoping that his bowlers can bowl out England’s top-order batsmen early.
Babar Azam says that England’s top-order batsmen are not performing well at the moment so if our bowlers manage to get them out early, it will put their team under pressure.
England’s bowling attack is good but Pakistan also has an effective bowling attack consisting of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Muhammad Abbas, and Naseem Shah. Muhammad Abbas has experience of English conditions.
Caution due to code 19
Babar Azam said that the visit was taking place in different circumstances and the protocols were being fully implemented.
He said that the players were coming from the hotel to the ground and then to the hotel. Precautions have also been taken in team practice. Athletes are also going to the gym for training in groups of six.
Babar Azam said that it is obvious that it takes time to come to an abnormal and different situation from normal and get in tune with it.
Muhammad Rizwan priority
Babar Azam is very clear about the fact that Muhammad Rizwan will be the priority of wicket-keeping in the Test series.
Babar Azam says that Mohammad Rizwan had performed well in Australia, he was part of the same team in the home series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, so he will have his first chance in the series against England.
It may be recalled that Mohammad Rizwan could not reach England with the team due to the positive corona test, but after two negative results, he is one of the six players who are leaving for England where he will continue his practice after being in quarantine. Will start
Apart from Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistan Cricket Board has also sent Rohail Nazir as the third wicket-keeper on the tour who was among the announced reserve players.