Sarfaraz Ahmed sought to allay the concerns of the veteran players on Monday by stating that Babar Azam is showing genuine interest in the squad and that his friendship with captain Shan Masood is a positive development. Before facing the Australians in a three-match Test series, Pakistan are currently in Canberra for a four-day match against the PM XI.
Sarfaraz Ahmed: Babar Azam-Shan Masood friendship good for Team
This was said by the outgoing captain in response to a question regarding the rapport between the veteran players and their new leader. Shan Masood gets along great with Mohammad Hafeez and the rest of the team. During my time in the camp, I also noticed that Babar was excellent in his role. He takes an active role in team activities and provides valuable input to the captain when formulating team strategies.
Additionally, he thought it was encouraging that the current captain is receiving help from his predecessor in team building. Everyone has their own aspirations, but Sarfaraz Ahmed said that the team’s intention when they departed Pakistan was to play decent cricket here, in response to a question about his personal goal.
Each player’s focus should be on performing at his or her best when faced with a batting or fielding opportunity, but our team’s objective is to win the series. When you play cricket, you’re ready to take on any role. We (Rizan and I) will do our best to carry out our assigned tasks.
The right-handed batter gave the other team the nickname “top quality side” and promised to give it their all in their match. Down under, Australia is never easy. I will do my best to provoke them. We have a great squad and expect to play solid cricket. Although this is David Warner’s final series, the former Pakistan captain still wanted to send his best wishes to the cricketer.
“We will try to get him out as soon as we can, we will try not to let him get off to a good start.”
Sarfaraz stated that Pakistan’s fast bowlers are capable of compensating for the absence of a 20-year-old, Naseem Shah, who has recently finished his rehabilitation. The quality of Pakistan’s bowling attack was also lauded by him.
“Shaheen and Hasan are exceptional, and we have the likes of Mir Hamza, Khurram Shehzad, and Faheem [Ashraf], who have proven their mettle in domestic competitions.”