Pakistan will embark on a new challenge when they begin their campaign against Australia. New T20I skipper Babar Azam will face a tough task of regrouping the players after a humiliating defeat against Sri Lanka. But the young captain will not have all the troops he wanted for the tour.
Babar emerged as the skipper of the shorter-formats after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sacked Sarfaraz Ahmed as their skipper.
On his first assignment, Babar Azam wanted to have senior cricketers like Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, but it is likely that PCB has denied the permission.
Before the team’s departure, it has emerged that head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq had discussed the selection of players with Babar and both agreed on the selection of Hafeez and Malik.
But some of the PCB officials expressed reservations on the same. It once again raised questions about the authority of the captain and the coach.
Speaking on the same, Babar Azam agreed that he wanted some of the senior cricketers for the tough tour against Australia. However, at the same time, the prolific batsman reiterated that he respects the decision of the selectors.
“I had given my input for selection of the squad. I felt I required some seniors but it is decision of selectors,” Babar said.
Meanwhile, Babar Azam is confident of leading the side to glory. He agreed that leadership brings a lot of additional pressure, but with the support of the teammate, Babar is hopeful that he can manage it. As Pakistan are set to play Australia, he urged his players to play freely and don’t burden them with pressure.
The T20I captain believed that the Men in Green had the ideal combination of youth and experience which would result in strong performances against Australia.
“The team combination against Australia will have a good mix of experience and youth. Selecting players for the team is the job of the selection committee,” he said.
“Sri Lanka had a young team. We have learned from our mistakes. We will provide a strong showing against Australia.”
Babar was aware of the challenges the team will face in Australia but claimed the team was ready to take them head on.
“Australian pitches will offer significant bounce. We have prepared for that. Our pace attack is very good. Young pacers Mohammad Musa and Mohammad Hasnain will be there along with the experienced Mohammad Amir,” he said