Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is assured that his aspect will defeat arch-rivals India in its opening conflict of the T20 World Cup as it’s extra conversant in the situations, having performed largely within the UAE for the previous three-four years.
Pakistan will tackle India on the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24. They head to the fixture on the again of an unbeaten document on the venue, having recorded six T20Is wins right here.
“We’ve been playing cricket in UAE for the past 3-4 years and we know the conditions really well,” Azam was quoted as saying by the ICC.
Pakistan have by no means received a World Cup match throughout each ODIs and T20Is in opposition to India however Azam is unperturbed, saying that it’s a factor of the previous. (FILE)
“We know how the wicket will behave and the adjustments batters will have to make. On the day who plays the better cricket, wins the match. If you ask me, we will win,” added the star batsman, who is ready to play his first T20 World Cup and can make his debut as captain.
The aspect made UAE its residence venue after worldwide groups confirmed reluctance to tour Pakistan citing safety considerations after the 2009 terror assault on the Sri Lankan group.
Pakistan have by no means received a World Cup match throughout each ODIs and T20Is in opposition to India however Azam is unperturbed, saying that it’s a factor of the previous.
“We know the strain and the excessive depth of every recreation, particularly the primary one. Hopefully, we are able to win the match and carry the momentum ahead.
“Your perception and confidence as a gaggle matter so much earlier than a event. As a group, our confidence and morale are actually excessive. We should not pondering of the previous however the future. We are getting ready for that.
“I am fully confident that we are well prepared and will play good cricket on the day,” he added.Talking about his aspect which is a mix of youth and expertise, Azam mentioned “All the players have entered the side after a good domestic performance.”
“We have so much to study from the senior gamers within the aspect as a result of they’ve a lot expertise, they’ve performed the World Cup and leagues earlier than.
“7-8 players in our squad have also played the Champions Trophy before which brings out different confidence.”Pakistan may even have the providers of former Australian opener Matthew Hayden and the South Africa pacer Vernon Philander, who’ve been appointed the aspect’s batting and bowling consultants respectively for the event.
“Hayden and Philander convey loads of expertise. Our try shall be to study from them as a lot as we are able to and shortly. The boys have the flexibility to soak up shortly and blend with them.
“You can see Philander has already started working hard with the bowlers and you can see the past record, bowlers win you the tournament. Hasan Ali was our best bowler in the Champions Trophy. He will take the bowling line-up alongside him,” mentioned Azam.
Pakistan will play their warm-up matches in opposition to West Indies on October 18 and South Africa on October 20 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively.