Pakistani Cricket Team Skipper Babar Azam has expressed confidence in his team’s ability to perform well in the 2023 World Cup, despite playing in unfamiliar Indian conditions.
He said that the Pakistani players are accustomed to similar pitches found in other Asian countries such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the UAE.
Babar Azam noted that the primary difference in Indian conditions is the smaller boundaries, which can put additional pressure on bowlers due to the minimal margin for error, leading to high-scoring matches.
In their preparations for the World Cup, Pakistan faced New Zealand and Australia in warm-up matches but suffered defeats in both encounters.
In the first match against New Zealand, Pakistan was unable to defend a massive total of 345 runs on a flat wicket, resulting in a five-wicket loss. In their second warm-up match, Pakistan failed to chase a target of 352 runs and faced a 14-run defeat at The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Despite these warm-up losses, Babar Azam and his team are gearing up for their World Cup campaign, set to begin with a match against the Netherlands on October 6, marking the second game of the tournament.
On the other hand, Pakistani team was praised by its erstwhile mentor for maintaining discipline, on and off the field as former Australian batter Matthew Hayden regarded Tuesday Islam, as a force behind the players’ regimen.
The former Australian star expressed his views while he was busy in commentary on the Pakistan-Australia ICC World Cup 2023 warm-up match in Hyderabad.
The 51-year-old ace batter said: “Well it is very focused around Islam, which is a central and core thing to this playing unit. The way of life in the Pakistan team leads to greater discipline, which I greatly admire after all cricket is a discipline as well.”
He further noted during commentary: “You have to be committed, invested and consistent — these are all those things that Islam represents to the culture.”