"Want to produce world-class cricketers just like Imran Khan did," says Babar Azam

"If tri-nation T20I series happens in New Zealand before T20 World Cup, it will be good for us," Babar Azam

May 24, 2022
Source: Online

LAHORE: Pakistani skipper Babar Azam wants to produce world-class players who can become role models for generations to come. 

In an exclusive interview with Geo News on Tuesday from the sidelines of the ongoing conditioning camp here at National High Performance Center (NHPC), Babar shared his ambitions being all-formats Pakistani captain. 

"I prefer team goals over my individual achievements," world's number one T20I batter said. "Being a national captain, there is a huge responsibility on me. This responsibility brings multiple goals as a leader. I want to produce four to five world-class players who can become role models for generations to come," Babar emphasized. 

"As a captain, I always followed the great Imran Khan. His mindset as a captain is something to learn for all of us. In his captaincy, he produced some great players who became an example for others. I want to do the same," 27-years-old cricketer mentioned.

Under Babar's captaincy, Pakistan won its first-ever ICC World Cup match against arch-rivals India. Green Shirts defeated the Men in Blue by 10 wickets. 

Talking about upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, Babar said tri-nation T20I series before the mega event in New Zealand will help players. 

"We have heard about tri-nation series in New Zealand. If this happens, it will be a good preparation opportunity for us," he said. 

To a query about middle-order batting, Babar vows to improve in the said department. "We are working on to improve our middle-order batting. Don't worry, we have planned multiple strategies for improvement," he assured. 

"We have brought in Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz which will provide us much-needed support in the middle-order. We will promote Shadab in batting as we know his potential," he highlighted. 

Pakistan will host West Indies for three ODIs on June 8, 10 and 12 in Rawalpindi.