Pakistan captain Babar Azam is looking forward to the seven-match series against England, which starts in Karachi this week to help him return to top form after a poor Asian Cup earlier this month. The batting dynamo managed just 68 runs in six games in the continental tournament where Pakistan finished runners-up behind Sri Lanka.
England are set for their first tour of Pakistan in 17 years, in a series seen as part of the build-up to next month’s Men’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.
Babar Azam lost the number 1 spot in the ICC T20I rankings to his teammate
Speaking to reporters today ahead of the series, Azam said: “I hope to give my best again in this series… and it will be good if it happens before the World Cup.”
Babar Azam’s slump saw him dethroned as the world’s highest-rated T20I batsman, after ruling the rankings for 1,155 days, ceding the title to fellow fly-half Mohammad Rizwan last week.
Azam, who is Pakistan’s leading T20I running back with 2,754 runs in 80 games, said he keeps things simple while hitting. The 27-year-old added: “I think about failure less when I’m going through a rough patch. As a batsman your focus is to do the best you can to get your form back and it would be great to do that before the World Cup.”
Babar Azam wants to use the England series as an opportunity to prepare for the T20 World Cup
Azam was the top scorer at last year’s Twenty20 World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates, with 303 runs in a tournament in which Pakistan crashed out in the semi-finals.