Pakistani skipper Babar Azam said on Monday that he is not a fan of on-field aggression as they have to play according to the plans drawn up prior to the game. Pakistan will start against South Africa on Tuesday in a two-game test series. Babar, who was named Test Skipper last year, would lead in the longest format for the first time. Babar had missed the series against New Zealand due to a broken thumb. “It is a proud feeling that I am debuting as captain in my country. If you look at comparisons, both New Zealand and South Africa are good teams. You can’t take it easy at any point, South Africa is a top team. “But we also have our strengths. The conditions suit us and the players have played here. So they will have that familiarity,” Babar said during a virtual press conference.
“Sometimes you may not get the performance you expect. But in these situations it is good for the team if you can stand behind it as much as possible. I don’t think aggression on the field is a good thing. It doesn’t look good either. the TV. But you do have a few words with the players during the drinking breaks, or you talk to them off the field. But during a game you have to support a player, “he added.
When asked if Pakistani batting is all about him, Azam said: “No, not I think. There are other players and you know about their performance. There is Azhar Ali at the top, look at Mohammad Rizwan, he did an excellent job. performance, Fawad Alam did well in New Zealand. I’m just part of the team. Whatever contribution comes from the team, I also have a role to play. “
Pakistani cricket selectors on Sunday confirmed that a squad of 17 players will be available for selection for the first test against South Africa, starting Tuesday. Pacers Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf are included in the 17 selected players. Imran Butt also plays as the opener in the first test.
The selection of 17 players is:
Openers – Abid Ali and Imran Butt
Hitters of the middle order – Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam and Saud Shakeel
Allrounders – Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Nawaz
Wicketkeepers – Mohammad Rizwan and Sarfaraz Ahmed
Spinners – Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan and Yasir Shah
Fast bowlers – Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Tabish Khan.
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