Babar wants to meet PM Imran Khan to learn tactics of 1992
Recently appointed Pakistan’s ODI skipper Babar Azam wants to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan. The T20 skipper saying he wants to learn the tactics the legendary all-rounder applied during the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
“I had met Imran Khan but there was no talk on cricket. I would like to meet him again and talk about his tactics on the field, especially during the 1992 World Cup as it will be very helpful for me,”
Babar was quoted as saying.
The skipper has scored 1,850 runs in 26 Tests, was also disheartened to be away from cricket for the past two months due to coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. He was saying we had important Tests as well as the T20 World Cup this year.
“Obviously when you are playing cricket regularly, it becomes disheartening to stop all of a sudden. We do whatever when can to maintain fitness and practice at our home,” he said and added that the fans would also be missing cricket.
Talking about the upcoming tour of England, Babar said human life was more important than cricket and they won’t gamble on this.
“Human life has far more value than cricket and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will only go ahead with the tour if proper health and safety measure are put in place,” he said.
Pakistan are scheduled to play three Tests in August followed by an equal number of T20s, with the matches taking place behind closed doors as part of measures to combat COVID-19 pandemic as well as mitigate the financial crisis of ECB.
The ODI skipper, who scored 3,359 runs in 74 ODIs, also spoke about playing behind closed doors while comaparing it with Pakistan’s matches in United Arab Emirates (UAE) as they are used to it.
“Playing behind closed doors is not ideal because the support from fans is vital for players. We have played without crowd for almost a decade in UAE so we know how it feels,” he said.
The T20 skipper, who scored 1,471 runs in 38 T20s, was also glad to see the Pakistan Super League (PSL) being played in Pakistan this year rather than other venues.
“I’m thankful to the PCB for organizing PSL in Pakistan this year, which I thoroughly enjoyed and I’m sure the fans did as well,” he said about the league which was postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19 before the playoffs round.
Babar was also keen on seeing the national side improve its rankings across all formats.