Asia Cup 2022: Babar Azam talks about Pakistan’s preparedness ahead of match against India

DUBAI – Pakistan captain Babar Azam says Pakistani squad is full of match winners and they will take responsibility in the absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi.– Photo courtesy Babar Azam (Twitter)

DUBAI —As Pakistani and Indian cricket teams prepare for a crucial match in the Asia Cup 2022 today, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has said the Pakistani squad is full of match winners and they will step up and take responsibility in the absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi in this tournament.

According to a press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Azam said, “We have a squad full of quality cricketers and match-winners, who will step-up in the absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi and take additional responsibility during the tournament. In the 2021 T20 World Cup, we have already demonstrated we are not a one-man squad. In five league matches, we had five different player of the matches.

“I know there is tremendous excitement in both the countries but for us, it is just another game. Our preparations have been excellent and we will take the field oozing with confidence.

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“Our victory over India 11 months ago at the same venue is a good reference point, but that’s all. While we will continue to reflect on it positively, Sunday’s and any other matches down the line will be new fixtures that will be played in new conditions.

“I have always believed you don’t need any additional motivation to play and perform for Pakistan. Representing your country at a global stage itself is a huge honour and pride, and the objective is always to make the country proud.

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Referring to Indian cricketers’ interaction with the injured Pakistani pacer, Azam said, “I was actually touched by the way they met Shaheen Shah Afridi during Thursday’s training session and expressed their support to him. The visuals of the players interacting with each other were also heartwarming and reflected the respect and friendship they enjoy. But on the match day, everything will be kept aside and players from either side will come hard at each other in an effort to overpower the other.”

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