Babar praises Fawad, Shaheen for their solid performances in Test series against West Indies

By our correspondent

KINGSTON: Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam has said that they will need to work on their opening and also to develop their fielding where the country made some lapses during the Test series against the West Indies.

Babar was talking to Pakistan’s media via video link from Jamaica on Wednesday following Pakistan’s series levelling triumph in the second and final Test at the Sabina Park Ground in Jamaica. However he defended the performance of the openers Abid Ali and Imran Butt.

“Although both did not bat the way we were expecting but the conditions here were very tough and as skipper I have to back them. Imran Butt did excellent fielding and held some outstanding catches. Yes improvement in the opening slot is required,” Babar said. “The next series is yet far away and we will look then how we could bring improvement in our opening slot,” Babar said when asked by a reporter whether he would like to make some changes in the opening slot in future.

He appreciated the fine effort from Shaheen Afridi and Fawad Alam.

“Shaheen did extremely well. We had also given him some rest and had prepared for the Test series and there he delivered and the result is before you. Whenever I have given him the ball he has shown aggression and has made his best effort and has led the bowling pack and it’s a satisfying thing for me as a captain,” Babar said.

“Fawad also did well with the bat and scored runs in pressure situation. The conditions were tough, there was movement and the outfield was also slow and you had to work hard and play with focus out there in the middle and Fawad scored for us valuable runs whenever we needed,” Babar said.

He said that he as a skipper has learnt a lot and always tried to take quick decisions. “I like Imran Khan as a leader as I have heard that he had been taking bold decisions. I will also try to lead from the front and take bold decisions,” Babr said. “As a batsman I worked on techniques and tried to bat with focus and the performance in the West Indies was good,” Babar said.

He said in future they will try as a test team to take advantage of the momentum. “We could not build big partnerships and when a partnership got going, a wicket used to fall. The big issue is that we get Test series after three or four months. If we are able to get Test series after one month or so then we would be in a good position to catch a right momentum in this format,” Babar said.

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