Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan’s cricket team, has expressed his support for Shadab Khan, his deputy, who performed poorly in the recent five-match T20I series against New Zealand.
During the final match of the series, Shadab dropped the catch of Chapman in the 14th over when he was on 67 runs. This led to Chapman’s maiden T20I century, which helped New Zealand draw the series at 2-2.
Despite this, Babar Azam praised Shadab’s resilience and said that he has the potential to perform better in the future.
Babar also showed sympathy for Mohammad Rizwan, who missed his chance of scoring a second T20 hundred by not going all out during the last few overs. Babar said that it is natural for players to feel pressure once they come close to a hundred, and he cannot blame Rizwan for it.
Babar explained his decision not to introduce Iftikhar in an attack against two left-handed batters, saying that he wanted to use his best bowling resource. Babar also stated that he always analyses his match decisions and tries to avoid repeating the wrong ones.
Babar dismissed the notion that Eid Holidays made things difficult for Pakistan cricketers and said that they have every right to enjoy these holidays with their families.
Regarding the forthcoming one-day series, Babar said that there will be a few new players joining the team, who are already in training. He hopes that the team will perform well and win the series.