Babar Azam is Pakistan’s third highest run-scorer in T20Is.© AFP
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam wants to re-establish the team’s “superiority” in the shortest format of the game by winning the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. Pakistan, the T20 World Cup champions in 2009, will open their campaign in the 2021 event against India at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24. “All the players are excited, motivated, and enthusiastic, and eyeing this tournament as an opportunity to showcase our prowess and re-establish our superiority in the shortest format of the game in conditions that suit us best,” said Babar in an ICC release.
The Babar Azam-led side will also face New Zealand and Afghanistan in Group 2 of the Super 12s stage, along with two qualifiers from Round 1. They will play New Zealand at the same venue on October 27 and take on Afghanistan on October 29.
Talking about Pakistan’s preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, Babar said: “We will utilise the build-up period by playing in home series against New Zealand and England and will not only aim to fine-tune our final outlook but also try win as many matches as possible so that we can carry that winning form and momentum to the United Arab Emirates,” he added.
The Pakistan skipper remains “focused” on inspiring the team with his performances in the T20 World Cup.
“From a personal point of view, this will be my first ICC Major Event as Pakistan captain. As a player I have tasted success in the 2017 Champions Trophy and suffered disappointment in 2019 when we missed out on a World Cup semi-final spot by a fraction of a point despite beating both the finalists in league matches,” said Babar.
“I remain focused on inspiring my side with my performances so that we can become the first Pakistan side to win an ICC Major Event in Asia,” he added.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman will get underway from October 17, and the final will be played in Dubai on November 14.
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