When players support a captain, the team does good itself: Babar Azam
LAHORE: Newly-appointed Pakistan T20I captain, Babar Azam on Friday said when players supported a captain, the team automatically did good.
“It is my responsibility now that I keep environment of dressing room good and treat fellow players as the same. As I believe in my batting, so I believe in my captaincy,” said world top T20I batsman Babar Azam while addressing a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
He said he had played ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2011 and 2012 and was captain in one of those tournaments. “I have also captained in domestic matches as well and since 2015 I am continuously playing for the national team. You always keep learning and I am doing so.”
To a query, he said the Sri Lankan team that recently visited Pakistan was not a C-class. Though, they were playing few young players but by no mean it was an inferior team, he added.
On upcoming Australian tour, the young skipper said the team had made preparations for the extra bounce that you experience on Australian pitches. Bowling would be our strength in this tour, he said.
“I will open with Fakhar Zaman, while Imam ul Haq will be there in the back up,” he said adding, “For Australian tour, our goal is to give our hundred percent. We have to play positive cricket.”
Babar said his only focus was on Australia series at the moment. Though, responsibility had doubled but he was not under any such pressure, he said. “Now, I will not be as concerned only about my performance as earlier, but now I will try to get best performance from my team players as well.”
To a query, he said he was following New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Indian skipper Virat Kohli on how they made efforts for a victory and how their teams were performing under them.
He also acknowledged services of former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for the team.