Pakistan skipper Babar Azam mentioned on Thursday that the nationwide squad goals at maintaining the profitable momentum within the Test collection in opposition to Bangladesh.
The first Test of the two-match collection between Pakistan and Bangladesh begins tomorrow (Friday) in Chittagong.
The all-format Pakistani batter and captain expressed these views whereas talking at a digital press convention in Chittagong. He additionally spoke in regards to the pitches in Bangladesh which he described as “slow”.
Azam additionally spoke in regards to the workforce’s efficiency, saying that he anticipated them to carry out effectively within the collection.
“The batting line-up includes senior players who play spinners well. The players joining the Test squad were playing domestic cricket and we will benefit from this,” he stated.
He said that this Test series is also important for Pakistan.
“The team will try to keep up the winning momentum [from the T20 series].”
Babar Azam praised the Test team, saying that he was confident they will perform well in the Test Championship as “there are more matches at home grounds”.
He said that the Bangladesh team is a dangerous side even in the absence of senior players. Azam said they cannot be taken lightly as conditions are difficult in Bangladesh.
“It is not easy to play here. We have to focus and play with patience, we will also try to stay on the wicket.”
Moreover, Pakistan captain expressed concern in regards to the unavailability of a batting coach for the nationwide squad, saying that there ought to have been one to coach their batters for the take a look at collection in opposition to Bangladesh.
“However, the choice to nominate a batting coach rests with the Pakistan Cricket Board,” he said.
The Australian batting legend, Mathew Hayden, had been appointed batting consultant for the recently concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after former Pakistani cricketers Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younus stepped down from their coaching roles in September.
Babar Azam said the team got less time to prepare for Test cricket after the T20 World Cup. However, he said the cricketers are professionals and will have to adjust to Test cricket soon.
“We have been playing white-ball cricket for many months now we have to adapt to red-ball cricket as soon as possible, we have top spinners in the team,” he mentioned.
When requested about his below-par efficiency through the lately concluded T20 collection in opposition to Tigers, Babar Azam mentioned it isn’t mandatory for him to carry out effectively in each collection. Other workforce members will even need to step up, he added.
“It is sweet that different batsmen took duty and scored runs,” he mentioned.