Pak vs Ban: Babar Azam concerned over absence of batting coach ahead of first Test

Pakistan will clash against Bangladesh in the first test of the series at the Chowdhury Zahoor Ahmed Cricket Stadium Chittagong on Friday

By Sohail Imran
November 25, 2021
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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Thursday talked to the team about the absence of a batting coach, saying that the Green Shirts should have had one, but the official's appointment is the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) decision to make.

While speaking during a virtual press conference in Chittagong, Babar said that the pitches in Bangladesh are slow.

After Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis stepped down from their coaching roles in September, Aussie batting legend, Matthew Hayden was appointed by the PCB as batting consultant for the T20 World Cup.

The first Test of the two-match series between Pakistan and Bangladesh starts tomorrow in Chittagong.

Babar Azam spoke about the team's performance, saying that he expected them to perform well in the series.

“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, adding that 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.”

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 said.

When asked about his below-par performance during the recently concluded T20 series against Tigers, Babar Azam said it is not necessary for him to perform well in every series. Other team members will also have to step up, he added.

“It is good that other batsmen took responsibility and scored runs,” he said.