Pakistan’s T20 skipper Babar Azam has defended the decision to recall veterans Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, saying the skilled duo’s presence will assist the workforce in its pursuit of retaining the primary spot within the shortest format.
Desperate to maintain on to its numero uno standing in T20 rankings, Pakistan has recalled Malik and Hafeez within the workforce for the three-match sequence in opposition to Bangladesh.
After the 0-three drubbing by the hands of Sri Lanka final 12 months, determined time awaits Pakistan as they want to win all of the three matches in opposition to Bangladesh, failing which they may slide to second spot behind England or India within the T20 rankings after holding on to the highest spot since January 2018.
“I felt that we needed these two (Malik, Hafeez) seniors. They were part of the number one team last year,” he mentioned.
“I gave my opinion to the selectors and they heard me. Their presence will help me and the team. I will learn from them on captaincy as well,” Babar added.
The 25-year-previous batsman mentioned Pakistan is below no stress within the sequence in opposition to Bangladesh, particularly after the beating in final T20 sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka at house in October final 12 months.
“No there is no pressure for us because what is done is done but we will not try to repeat the same mistakes we did against the Lankans,” Babar mentioned.
Babar made it clear that they weren’t taking Bangladesh evenly.
“Bangladesh have a good combination of youngsters and seniors and it will be a good competitive series. Their players have the advantage of having come here fresh out of the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League),” he mentioned.
This is the primary time in 12 years that Bangladesh is touring Pakistan and on the primary leg of the go to, they may play the T20 sequence at Lahore earlier than flying again house.
Babar, who’s the highest batsman within the ICC T20 rankings, mentioned the sequence was vital for Pakistan as they needed to retain their primary rankings moreover they had been additionally making an attempt out some new gamers.
The Pakistan captain, nonetheless, mentioned that a transparent image in regards to the composition of Pakistan’s World T20 squad would come after the Pakistan Super League in February-March.
An excited Babar additionally mentioned it’s a huge second for him to lead Pakistan on the Gaddafi Stadium right here, a venue the place 13 years again he served as a ball boy.
“It has been a long journey for me and I am very excited about captaining Pakistan for the first time at home and that too at the Gaddafi Stadium,” Babar instructed the reporter.
“No doubt it is a big moment for me because 13 years back I was a ball ball at this stadium.”