Babar Azam opens up as ICC announces men’s T20 World Cup schedule


Karachi: Pakistan captain Babar Azam opined that the men’s T20 World Cup 2021 schedule announcement has brought Green Shirts one step forward in finalizing their preparations for the much-awaited mega event.

Pakistan will start their campaign on 24 October with the much-anticipated, high-octane clash against India in Dubai. Babar believes that they have played mostly at the UAE venues in the last decade which will give them the advantage.

“The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 schedule announcement brings us one step forward in our preparations for this much-awaited global tournament. 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 win as many matches as possible so that we can carry that winning form and momentum to the United Arab Emirates,” Babar said in an ICC Media release.

“For Pakistan, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is like a home event as the UAE has been our venue for more than a decade. We have not only nurtured our talent and developed our side in the UAE but have also beaten the top sides in these conditions to peak to number-one in the ICC T20I Team Rankings.

“All the players are excited, motivated and enthusiastic, and view 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.

“From a personal point of view, this will be my first ICC Major Event as Pakistan captain. I tasted success in 2017 and suffered disappointment in 2019 when we missed out on a semi-final spot by a fraction of a point despite beating both the finalists in league matches. I remain focused in inspiring my side with my performances so that we can become the first Pakistan side to win an ICC Major Event in Asia.”

Pakistan’s T20 World Cup fixtures details

Oct 24: Pakistan vs India – Dubai

Oct 26: Pakistan vs New Zealand – Sharjah

Oct 29: Pakistan vs Afghanistan – Dubai

Nov 2: Pakistan vs Runner-up Group A – Abu Dhabi

Nov 7: Pakistan vs Winner Group B – Sharjah

Read: Pakistan to face India on October 24 as men’s T20 World Cup 2021 fixtures revealed