Babar Azam counters criticism on personality, English language


Lahore: Babar Azam, Pakistan’s skipper in ODIs and T20Is, thinks that speaking English is not his main job, being a cricketer he concentrates more on his game.

Speaking to reporters for the first time after becoming ODI captain, the skipper countered criticism over his personality and English speaking ability.

“My main job is to play cricket. I am not a ‘Gora,’ who knows English completely. Yes, I am trying to learn English, it is not something I would learn overnight. These things improve over a period of time,” he said.

Talking about his new responsibility as ODI captain, Azam said that his priority will remain to lead his team from the front. “I am ready for this new role and I think it won’t affect my batting performance,’ the right-handed batsman reiterated.

“See, when you are captaining, it is not compulsory that you win every single match. You can only put your 100 percent and expect good results,” he maintained.

Upon being asked, Azam expressed high hopes for ICC T20 World Cup to go on as per schedule. “It will be my first T20 World Cup as a player and captain too. It is a big event and for me, it should be played as per the schedule,” he said.

It must be noted here that Azam had been given ODI captaincy too after T20I. The right-handed batter retained A category in central contracts.

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