Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is assured that his facet will defeat arch-rivals India in its opening conflict of the T20 World Cup as it’s extra aware of the circumstances, having performed largely within the UAE for the previous three-four years.
Pakistan will tackle India on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium on October 24. They head to the fixture on the again of an unbeaten document on the venue, having recorded six T20Is wins right here.
“We’ve been playing cricket in UAE for the past 3-4 years and we know the conditions really well,” Azam was quoted as saying by the ICC.
“We know how the wicket will behave and the adjustments batters will have to make. On the day who plays the better cricket, wins the match. If you ask me, we will win,” added the star batsman, who is about to play his first T20 World Cup and can make his debut as captain.
The facet made UAE its residence venue after worldwide groups confirmed reluctance to tour Pakistan citing safety considerations after the 2009 terror assault on the Sri Lankan group.
Pakistan have by no means received a World Cup match throughout each ODIs and T20Is in opposition to India however Azam is unperturbed, saying that it’s a factor of the previous.
“We all know the stress and the excessive depth of every recreation, particularly the primary one. Hopefully, we will win the match and carry the momentum ahead.
“Your perception and confidence as a gaggle matter rather a lot earlier than a match. As a group, our confidence and morale are actually excessive. We’re not pondering of the previous however the future. We’re making ready for that.
“I am fully confident that we are well prepared and will play good cricket on the day,” he added.
Speaking about his facet which is a mix of youth and expertise, Azam stated “All the players have entered the side after a good domestic performance.”
“Now we have rather a lot to study from the senior gamers within the facet as a result of they’ve a lot expertise, they’ve performed the World Cup and leagues earlier than.
“7-8 players in our squad have also played the Champions Trophy before which brings out different confidence.”
Pakistan may even have the companies of former Australian opener Matthew Hayden and the South Africa pacer Vernon Philander, who’ve been appointed the facet’s batting and bowling consultants respectively for the match.
“Hayden and Philander deliver plenty of expertise. Our try can be to study from them as a lot as we will and rapidly. The boys have the power to soak up rapidly and blend with them.
“You can see Philander has already started working hard with the bowlers and you can see the past record, bowlers win you the tournament. Hasan Ali was our best bowler in the Champions Trophy. He will take the bowling line-up alongside him,” stated Azam.
Pakistan will play their warm-up matches in opposition to West Indies on October 18 and South Africa on October 20 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively.