Team is well-prepared for NZ tour: Babar

LAHORE: Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam on Friday said that the team is very excited to go on its New Zealand tour, adding that it will perform to the best of its abilities.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Azam said that players are well-prepared to take on the challenge.

“We are playing back to back and are confident about our performance,” Babar Azam said. “Our record in New Zealand has been good. We will play good cricket.”

Pakistan announced its tour to New Zealand in September this year. The two teams will play three T20Is and two Tests from December 18 to January 7. The team will depart in the last week of November after which they will enter a two-week quarantine period in Lincoln following New Zealand government’s COVID-19 protocols.

The skipper maintained that the team is taking the tour as a challenge as well as a responsibility, but it is not under any kind of pressure.

“We will enjoy the tour and make efforts to present a good game. I have tried to learn a lot from my experience.”

Thanking his teammates Sarfaraz Ahmed and Azhar Ali, Babar Azam said that he has not only learned from them but will also consult them whenever needed.

“I am the one responsible for making decisions but I will consult them too,” Babar Azam maintained. “I try to take responsibility and play with the same responsibility.”

Answering a question, he said that there is no concept of grouping among the players, stressing that the team sees itself as a single unit.