Babar has been handed the captaincy of the facet in all codecs, earlier than his staff departs for New Zealand
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who has been handed reins of the facet in all codecs, on Friday insisted that his staff doesn’t have any factions and he wish to emerge as an unbiased chief with assist of senior gamers.
The Pakistan squad, together with 35 gamers and 15 officers, will go away for New Zealand on November 23.
The senior staff will play three T20 Internationals and two Exams whereas the Pakistan A facet will likely be play two four-day video games and 4 or 5 T20 matches in New Zealand.
Speaking to the media in Lahore, Babar dismissed a question whether or not there was uneasiness amongst gamers over his captaincy credentials.
“This can be a younger staff and there’s no disharmony or groupings in our dressing room. The staff is one. Each participant respects and backs the opposite participant and takes satisfaction of their performances. No leg pulling in our staff,” Babar stated.
Babar additionally insisted that he felt no strain with the added accountability of being captain in all three codecs apart from being the highest batsman within the facet.
“I’ve at all times performed with strain. After I got here into the Pakistan staff early on there was strain on me to carry out. Now we have to face challenges every single day. Now there’s a new problem and accountability and I’ll attempt to use my expertise from white ball cricket,” he stated.
“I take recommendation from seniors and have learnt lots from Saifi (Sarfaraz) and even Azhar (Ali). No matter I’ve learnt and what they taught me, I’m attempting to use these issues and if want arises I’ll speak to them however ultimately I’ll take unbiased choices based on my mind-set,” he stated.
Babar stated that the added accountability of captaincy in all three codecs gained’t have an effect on his batting.
“I attempt to get pleasure from myself as a batsman and I get pleasure from difficult conditions. I do know the staff depends on me and I get pleasure from taking part in below strain, particularly overseas.”
“We’re going to New Zealand after having performed quite a lot of cricket and we’re excited as a staff as a result of we all know our price. We all know that we now have at all times carried out nicely in opposition to New Zealand be it in New Zealand or wherever else.”
He additionally stated that if New Zealand had developed into a powerful staff and had some good particular person gamers, the identical was true about Pakistan.
“My foremost goal is to again and assist my gamers. Particularly those that should not performing nicely as a result of they want the backing most. As a captain you must present confidence in your gamers and again them solely then they develop the boldness to do nicely.”
“I struggled early after I got here into Check cricket however solely began performing due to the boldness and backing I acquired from Mickey Arthur and Safi.”
Babar, to a query, admitted the New Zealand tour will likely be a litmus check for him as batsman and captain.
“What we’re aiming to do is create mixture of younger and senior gamers and attempt to be extra constant. As a staff we simply have to present it our greatest shot. The outcomes is not going to at all times be in your favour and never all of the gamers can carry out on a regular basis.”
He additionally stated that no staff cane be taken calmly and each collection is a problem for a captain.