Two young leaders look to lead national team from front


Lahore: Skipper Babar Azam and his deputy Shadab Khan are looking forward to playing an aggressive and attacking brand of cricket against Zimbabwe being in leadership roles for the first time.   

In a lively discussion on PCB’s YouTube channel, the young leaders share their thoughts and plans for the series. “To keep-up with the modern-day requirements of fast-paced cricket we need to be super fit. As the leaders of the group, both Shadab and I need to set an example with our fitness and commitment. We have a lot of cricket lined-up and the only method for us to regain our spot at the top of the rankings is aggressive and fearless cricket,” said Babar.

“We won’t be taking Zimbabwe lightly at all. We are fully focused on the job at hand and during the season we are very keen on improving both our game and fitness,” Shadab said.

“Many players discuss fitness and how to improve in that area which is a positive sign indeed. For us each and every point in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matters. A convincing victory against Zimbabwe will hold us in good stead when we depart for the tour of New Zealand,” Shadab added.

Babar requested fans to once again show support to the national team. “My request to the fans is that we need their support just the way they supported us during the England tour and the National T20 Cup, which provided rich entertainment in a highly competitive environment,” he concluded.

It must be noted here that the green shirts will take on Zimbabwe in the first ODI at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Friday [October 30]. The second and third ODI are scheduled on November 1 and 3, respectively.

Three T20Is between both the teams are scheduled to be played on November 7, 8 and 10, respectively.

The three-match ODI series is part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League and acts as qualification round for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

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