DUBAI: Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam believes that not all 11 players of a team can perform at the same time and it’s the captain’s responsibility to back those who are in bad touch.
Speaking to the media before the all-important T20 World Cup semi-finals, Babar hinted at no change in the Pakistan team for their knock-out game against Australia on November 11 here at Dubai International Stadium.
“Not all 11 players can perform at the same time. Those who are not performing, we need to back them. The captain is responsible to give confidence to his players and try to make a calm environment around them,” he said.
“As far Hasan Ali is concerned, he is a match-winner and won many matches and a tournament for Pakistan. I know his current form is not good but being a captain, I can’t even think of dropping him at this stage. I know his strength, he is a big-match player and I hope he will perform against Australia in the semi-final,” the skipper answered a question.
Babar was also asked about out-of-touch Fakhar Zaman and the skipper’s answer was the same.
Moreover, the Pakistani captain is confident to continue their unbeaten performance in the tournament by overcoming the weakness in the available time before the semi-final.
“See, there is always room for improvement. And to improve, you sit down with your players and management, talk about those weaknesses and try to find out solutions. I believe in this team and we can do it. We will try to counter our weaknesses and give our hundred percent in the semi-final,” he said.
Meanwhile, Babar urged Pakistani fans to pray for the Pakistan team as they aim for a solid performance against Australia. “I am thankful to all the fans for their support. We gave our best and will try to continue the same momentum. I want all the fans to pray for us and support us in the big game,” he concluded.