Babar confident ahead of One-day Series opener against South Africa

By AZ Aamir

KARACHI: Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam on Thursday said that they will try to win all the matches of the one-day series against South Africa which will begin with the opener at Centurian on Friday (tomorrow).
“You know conditions here are different. South Africa are strong at home but we are confident and will try to win all matches of the one-day series which is very important as these showdowns are part of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers,” Babar told a news conference.
Since 2019 World Cup Pakistan hardly got five one-dayers which are not enough and Babar agrees to that.
“Yes since 2019 World Cup we have not got more matches which we should have. But whatever we are getting we will give our hundred percent,” Babar said. “We have in mind to play as per modern cricket requirement and score 300 and plus. We would try to continue with the same winning combination. If you stick to a group then definitely every player gets confidence and knows his role and tries to further improve himself and his strike rate and plans as per the oppositions bowling strength,” Babar said.
“We have the best 15 in the squad available for selection and we also have plan for Sarfraz and the best lot would be picked for the series opener,” Babar said.
When asked that Pakistan is below par as far as a the requirement of modern one-day cricket is concerned and their top four batsmen’s strike rate is less than the batsmen of countries like Australia, New Zealand, India and even South Africa, Babar said there is room for improvement.
“There is room for improvement and we are trying to also improve our strike rate. But sometimes you know you have to give respect to the tough bowlers and that downs your strike rate at time and you then try to boost it in other part of the innings,” Babar said.
“Every effort would be made to play fearless cricket which is the best option. I am confident we have good resources and despite having a solid top order in the lower order we have Faheem Ashraf and Shadab who I am hopeful will show the required firework,” Babar said.
“We have good bowlers in Shaheen, Hasnain and Haris who can restrict the oppositions,” Babar said.
Babar said bounce is the only issue in South Africa.
“Bounce is the only issue here and if you tackle it then I think here tracks give assistance to both batsmen and bowlers. Overall ball comes onto the bat and these are good wickets,” Babar said.
He said as a batsman he would try his level best to play solid role for the team on South Africa tour.
Five South Africa players will leave for IPL after the second one-day.