Asia Cup 2022: Every match is important, it is my job to give 100 per cent, says Pakistan skipper Babar Azam
Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said that his side will miss the legendary pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi and that the match would have been different if Shaheen had participated in the T20I event despite the strain the team is under before the pivotal encounter against India in the Asia Cup.
On Sunday, Men in Green will play their first T20I tournament match against India. In T20I games, the two teams have faced off nine times thus far. India enjoys the advantage overall, winning seven of these matchups. Pakistan had only two victories.
Both teams are concerned about injuries before the Asia Cup 2022 begins. While India will be without Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, Pakistan will be without Shaheen Afridi.
“Shaheen is one of our best bowlers, he bowls with aggression and he leads the attack, so we will miss him. If Shaheen was there, it would have been a different game. But our other bowlers are also good, we have high confidence in the camp,” said Babar during a press conference.
Further talking about playing against the arch-rivals India in their opening match of the tournament, Babar said:
“The heat is not there. It is not normal, as a professional you have to adjust to everything. For me, every match is important and as captain, it is my job to give 100 per cent and we just try to give our best. The T20 World Cup match has passed, it would be a new day tomorrow. You have the confidence, but it all boils down to the game day.”
During the practice session players of all the countries participating in this tournament exchanged greeting, when asked about this Babar said, “As a sportsman, you try to meet different players. We have met everyone, it is normal. You try and talk to players about cricket and other things.”
“Everyone waits for the match between India and Pakistan. It is important to enjoy this game. Our bench strength is strong, injuries can happen, and it is part and parcel. I have faith in every player,” Babar said about the upcoming match.