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Sunday, September 25, 2022

PAK vs ENG: Pakistan captain Babar Azam looks to regain No.1 spot in ICC rankings

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
Babar Azam

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.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Image: Twitter

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.

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Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image credits: Twitter)

“Obviously they’ve come to Pakistan after 17 years so it’s a great series and it will help us prepare for the World Cup so all the players use this.” He concluded.

The matches will be played in Karachi (September 22, 23 and 25) and in Lahore (September 28, 30 and October 2).

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