LAHORE: Pakistan’s skipper for T20 format, Babar Azam will take the charge of Central Punjab when the National T20 Cup First XI tournament resumes in Rawalpindi on October 9 (tomorrow).
The opening batsman turned out for Somerset in the England T20 championship, where he scored his career-best 114 not out in limited overs game, after the conclusion of Pakistan’s Test and T20I series against England.
Before his integration in the bio-secure bubble, Babar said here on Wednesday “I am eager to join the bio-secure bubble for the National T20 Cup as it has been a long time since I met all these cricketers with whom I have played cricket in my early days. I am looking forward to the opportunity to engage with my friends and colleagues from all the six teams.
“I am now familiar and comfortable with the bio-secure bubbles. The biggest thing at this stage is that cricket is taking place despite the Covid-19 pandemic and everyone who has played a part in ensuring that the sport does not stop deserves big credit.
“I think the PCB deserves a lot of credit for announcing a full-fledged domestic season. The season has begun very well with the excitement of T20 cricket in Multan and I am hopeful that the passion and excitement would be the same when the Rawalpindi-leg begins.
About Expectations with Central Punjab, the master batsman said, “We had some issues with our bowling line-up in terms of quality and experience in the last season, but we are confident of overcoming those issues this season. Our batting has always been our strength and I am backing my batsmen to do well and lead us to the semi-finals stage.”