After a disappointing tour in England where the Men in Green lost the ODI series 0-3 and T20I 1-2, the Babar Azam leader came under severe criticism.
But Babar believes it is his duty to support his teammates in difficult times.
Pakistan’s cricket team will now close horns with world champions West Indies in a four-match T20I rubber, and according to Azam, pacemakers could play a crucial role in Barbados, where extra bounce could be a factor.
A captain must support his batsmen and bowlers during bad times. I’m under no pressure as captain. I show better performances. The players in the team performed in local and PSL matches. If we keep the World Cup in mind, we will try different combinations. We will also test our pinch hit. We have to trust our middle-order batsmen. We have a good record against West Indies. We will try to play fearless cricket, ”said Babar Azam as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
‘We did not get many chances to try different combinations during the series against England. We will now try different combinations. We will try to learn from our mistakes. We will give our players confidence. We also worked on our fieldwork. Hopefully we will see better results, ”he said.
Babar Azam also opened up about Sharjeel’s inclusion in the T20I team, and starting because the Southpaw is a top-order fixture, he will only get a chance at the spot currently occupied by Mohammad Rizwan and Babar himself.
He also hopes the pacemakers will make it happen under Barbados’ favorable conditions.
“Sharjeel Khan plays in the top order. If he gets a chance, it will be in the top order. We will have to increase the confidence of all our players, including the middle order. The stand in Barbados offers bounce. The passengers can perform better by using this extra bounce. If we keep in mind the enchantment by Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah in England, we hope that the other bowlers will behave in a similar way, ‘Babar Azam concluded.
The T20I series between Pakistan and host West Indies starts from July 28 in Barbados.