BAN vs PAK Tests: Pakistan Captain Babar Azam aims to carry forward their winning momentum ahead into the two-match test series against Bangladesh starting from November 26 at Chattogram. Pakistan has registered a 3-0 series sweep over Bangladesh in the recently concluded three-match T20I series & will look ahead to do the same in the two-match test series.
Both the teams reached Chattogram on Tuesday ahead of the opening test that will mark the first series for the hosts in the second cycle of the ICC test Championship.
“Moving forward we would like to keep the momentum (that we earned in the T20 series) in Test matches and we have experienced players in the Test team,” said Babar adding that he is happy to see how his teammates responded in tough situations in the T20Is.
“I think it makes us happy to perform consistently. I think there is a team effort but firstly you have to identify where you are struggling and in our case, we struggled in fielding and in the middle order and I feel slowly we improving in this regard. You can see how the boys are taking responsibility and now we are winning matches on the back of late order batting while we have improved as a fielding unit,” he said.
“In international cricket, the margin of error is very minimal and if you make mistakes the matches will be taken away from you. This group is very keen and they believe in each other and secondly, they are clear about the roles that are entrusted upon them by me and the management. They are executing the plans and they are fulfilling it and taking the responsibility and when a team does that consistently results are bound to [be good],” he added.
Though Pakistan clinched the T20I series, Babar Azam has failed to create an impact with the bat as he could amass just 7,1 & 19 scores during his batting stint. Babar Azam said that he is disappointed to not score well but added that he is keen to learn from his mistakes.
“Everyone expects me to perform but unfortunately that did not happen. In cricket, there are ups and downs but the important part is if you are learning from your mistakes because you can learn a lot when things are not going your way. Need to be positive in every match and series. I am doing the hard work and keep doing that no matter whatever situation I am in but I don’t leave my hard work and I believe in me,” said Babar adding that he is happy to see fans coming back to the cricket field.
BCB allowed 50% of spectators within the stadium during the T20Is. “Fifty percent were allowed but the way the fans supported us in three matches, we enjoyed it and the fans enjoyed it as well. I think we were missing those things and slowly everything is opening up and the fans were allowed to come and I think it is quite a good sign,” said Babar.
Talking about Shakib-Al-Hasan’s availability in the two-match test series, the all-rounder has failed to recover fully from his hamstring injury & thus he did not travel with the team to participate in the first test match of the series.
“Today Shakib completed his MRI and did not travel with the team and now he is expected to be Dhaka,” a member of the team management confirmed to media.
The last test of the two-match test series will be played in SBNS from December 4.