Babar Azam confident of Pakistan’s revival in T20I format

Pakistan’s talismanic batsman and white-ball captain Babar Azam believes that the squad will be in good stead for the T20 World Cup.

The Green shirts are currently in England where they will play three Tests and as many T20Is against the Three Lions in August-September.

The right-hander took over the reins of the Pakistan T20I side from Sarfaraz Ahmed following the then No.1 ranked sides’ humiliating 0-3 whitewash at the hands of a second-string Sri Lankan side on home soil last year.

Pakistan was at the numero uno team a period of 27 months. Between the 2016 T20 World Cup to the start of 2019, the Green shirts had won an astonishing 29 of their 33 fixtures. However, a dip in form last year saw them slip down to the 4th spot after losing eight of their 12 T20Is.

Despite going downhill, Babar isn’t too flustered as he feels that the team has identified an ideal combination for the T20 World Cup, should it go happen sometime later this year.

“Yes, we did lose a few matches and our ranking has unfortunately gone down. What happened is that we did some experimentation and tried out several players. We are now sure about the combination, which includes both youth and experience. I’m confident that we will do well in the T20 series against England and improve our ranking,” Babar Azam told ahead of the England series.

The No.1 ranked T20I batsman in the world is really hoping that the World Cup takes place later this year as he added, “And if the World Cup is held according to schedule, I’m confident that our team will do well in it.”

Under Babar’s leadership, the subcontinent side have won two and lost two while one game against Australia was abandoned due to rain.