Babar says he is a powerful captain; will try to win the Test series against Zimbabwe

From our correspondent

HARARE: Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam has said that he as a captain handles everything and the debate that he has no authority should now end.

“I think this debate should now end. You know I handle everything and have a main say in picking the playing XI. Yes I get input from the team management,” Babar told a virtual news conference on Wednesday.

“It is the job of the PCB to decide about the white ball coach. We have no issue with the management and it backs every player,” Babar said. It is pertinent to mention here that after losing the second T20I against Zimbabwe former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik tweeted that Pakistan needed a white ball coach.

He said that they would try to carry the momentum of the Test series against South Africa at home into the Zimbabwe series. The two match Test series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe will begin here at the Harare Sports Club Ground on Thursday (today).

“Here conditions are a bit difficult but we are confident that we will be able to produce desired performance and win the series. We have some experienced players like Azhar Ali and Fawad Alam and also have a good and capable bowling unit,” Babar said.

However he was quick to add that they would focus on the series and would not take Zimbabwe light as they have the capability of extending fight and the way they had made a fine fightback in the T20 series. Responding to a question Babar said that he is not ‘selfish’ but he tries to bat according to the situation and the needs of the team. “Every person has his view and I don’t think about it,” Babar said.

Babar said that the final squad will be decided after examining the pitch. “We will go with the same combination through which we had won a Test series against South Africa at home. Yes there may be some minor changes. We will look at the pitch today and will sit to decide the best final side,” Babar said. Babar said that he is happy to have broken a few records, saying it instills confidence “when you join the world’s top players.”

Babar said that on this series he would try to play big innings. “I am working on this and would try not to repeat mistakes. I will try to convert hundred into 150 and then 150 to 200,’ Babar said. Babar expects bounce on the track.

“You know in South Africa the wickets had bounce but here in T20s the wickets were slow and double-paced. But the Test pitch seems to have bounce as we saw grass on it and it seems to be a good Test wicket,” Babar said.

It is expected that Pakistan will give a Test cape to leggie Zahid Mahmood in the absence of Yasir Shah who has been overlooked due to fitness issues.

When asked how they would handle middle order woes as T20 World Cup is ahead Babar said he will give his input after the series.

“Yes we tried different players in the middle order but without much success. I have made my mind and will give input when I will sit with the selectors and coach after returning to Pakistan. We want to make the things final near England series so that that squad could go to India for the World Cup,” Babar said.