Skipper, Babar Azam opened up ahead of the opening game of the #PAKVSA 3 match ODI series and so, here is a look at what he had to say.
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Babar Azam Says, Sarfaraz & Hasan Available For The First Game Of The #PAKVSA ODI Series
While discussing the availability of former skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed and pacer Hasan Ali, Babar said, “Hasan Ali is 100 per cent fit. Hasan and Sarfaraz Ahmed are available for selection along with all the other members of the squad.”
“We will decide the playing XI after looking at the pitch. Every player has a particular role in the team so we will put out a balanced combination.”
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Babar Has “Modern Day Cricket” In Mind
Explaining that Pakistan captain has modern day cricket in mind the upper-order batsman said, “We haven’t had a lot of ODIs since the World Cup . We are trying to play ‘modern-day cricket’ for the upcoming event. We will try to gain the necessary points through the series against South Africa. We will start strong. If our finishers fire, we can reach a total above 300.
“It is all about the momentum and we are working on our power-hitting. The players are learning. It is also about taking responsibility. Contributions from the top four are always vital. We will also have to rotate the strike. Fakhar Zaman, Imamul Haq and Mohammad Rizwan are in great form and we will see the difference.
“We will try to play fearless cricket. We will try certain combinations for longer which will bear results. Our bowling has the ability to restrict any side below 300. Faheem Ashraf and Shadab Khan bring results through their exciting batting. The coaches are working hard towards improving strike rates.”