Pakistan captain Babar Azam said on Thursday that the national squad’s goal is to maintain the momentum of winning the Test series against Bangladesh.
The first Test of the two-match series between Pakistan and Bangladesh starts tomorrow (Friday) in Chittagong.
These views were expressed by the all-format Pakistani batsman and captain while addressing a virtual press conference in Chittagong. He also spoke about Bangladesh’s pitches, which he described as “slow”.
Azam also talked about the performance of the team and said that he hopes that they will perform well in the series.
“The batting line-up includes senior players who play spinners well. The players who joined the Test squad were playing domestic cricket and we will benefit from that.
He said that this test series is also important for Pakistan.
“The team will try to maintain the winning momentum. [from the T20 series]”
Praising the Test team, Babar Azam said he was confident they would do well in the Test Championship as “there are more matches at home ground”.
He said that Bangladesh team is a dangerous side even in the absence of senior players. Azam said they could not be taken lightly as the situation in Bangladesh was difficult.
“It’s not easy to play here. We have to focus and play with patience, we will try to stay on the wicket.
Furthermore, the Pakistani captain expressed concern over the unavailability of a batting coach for the national squad, saying that there should have been someone to train his batsmen for the Test series against Bangladesh.
“However, the decision to appoint a batting coach is up to the Pakistan Cricket Board,” he said.
Australian batting legend Matthew Hayden has been appointed batting consultant for the recently concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after former Pakistani cricketers Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis stepped down as coaches in September.
Babar Azam said that 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.
Asked about his poor performance during the recently concluded T20 series against the Tigers, Babar Azam said that he did not have to perform well in every series. He added that other members of the team would also have to move on.
“It’s good that the other batsmen took responsibility and scored,” he said.