New Delhi. Pakistan captain Babar Azam has dismissed the talk of change in the leadership of the team. Babar said that his focus is on winning the ODI and T20 series against New Zealand. Babar said that he has full faith in the team selected against New Zealand. On reports that he was not happy with the team selected, Babar said that like every time he had given advice in the selection meeting. He stressed that this is not a one-man team.
Babar said, “I think the board officials and the chief selector have also clarified the position regarding the selection of the team, so I am also fully supporting the team and hope to do well against New Zealand.” Babar also clarified that he was not told or heard anything about the change of captaincy. He said that it is a normal thing in the cricket world that the captain has to achieve the target and live up to the expectations.
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The new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Rameez Raja, had made it clear in his first press conference that he had the same expectations from Babar as captain that Imran Khan had. Rameez had said that he did not know Babar personally so well, so it is too early to assess his captaincy in all formats. When asked about speculations about the change in captaincy, Babar said, “So far I have no idea about it.”
Babar said that despite the absence of skipper Kane Williamson, Tim Seifert, Devon Conway, besides experienced fast bowlers Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jameson and Lockie Ferguson, they expect a tough fight against New Zealand in the limited overs series. The Pakistan captain said that if the New Zealand team had come with their main players, then the series would have been more fun.
Babar said the home series against New Zealand and England will be very important as the conditions in Pakistan and the T20 World Cup-hosted UAE are very similar.