DUBAI: All-rounder Shadab Khan said on Saturday that the Pakistan team aims to win the T20 Asia Cup 2022 to bring smiles back on the faces of the flood-hit people ahead of their all-important final clash against Sri Lanka in the T20 Asia Cup 2022.
In his column on the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) website, Shadab said while being away from home, seeing the damage the floods have done makes it painful for them, but they want to win the Asian event to make the unfortunate flood-affected people happy.
"Since we're away from our beloved homeland, watching the devastating calamity from afar makes it even more painful for us. We would like to win this tournament to bring lively smiles back on the faces of the people affected by the flood," Shadab said.
The vice-captain added that the national team are a great side, but now they need to become a champion side.
"We are a great team, but in order to become a champion side, we need to win this tournament and other high-profile series. I have said before that champion teams handle pressure well and prevail in clutch moments, and this is what we will aim for on the Sunday Finale. Winning against Sri Lanka and claiming the Asia Cup title is the real deal for us," he added.
The 23-year-old spoke highly of Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, saying he has injected a "never give up" attitude into the squad.
"Babar Azam has taught us a lot, and besides the excellent team culture he has developed, I think the best facet of his leadership is the fact that he has inculcated the never give up attitude among us. Even if we find ourselves in hopeless situations, we are fully charged to fight till the last ball," he further added.
Pakistan are scheduled to take on Sri Lanka in the grand final of the Asia Cup here at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.