Pakistan captain Babar Azam has said that the team’s experience of playing in the UAE will come in handy during the upcoming International T20 Cup, which is set to begin on October 17 in Oman and UAE. Since 2009, Pakistan have played a majority of their cricket in this part of the world. They have also won the last 10 T20Is that have been played in UAE and knows a thing or two about the conditions.
Azam feels the familiarity with the conditions will give the team an edge over India in the tournament. Pakistan open their campaign against arch-rivals India, the most important battle for the teams. However, the Men in Green does not have much to boast about as they have lost all their five games against India in the history of the tournament. The Pakistan skipper though sounded optimistic of his team’s chances this time around.
"Definitely we have played a lot of cricket in the UAE," Babar said in a captain's press conference when asked about his team's dismal 0-5 record against India in T20 World Cup clashes.
"These conditions suit us and we know how to play here. We need to keep things simple in all the departments."
Azam will get to make his debut as a player and captain during the International T20 cup. He will lead the team that has a good bunch of experienced players Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, and Fakhar Zaman. Azam said he is honoured to lead the side and is looking forward to doing well during the global event.
"Good performances give you confidence," Babar, who has hit two T20 centuries this year, said. "I am in form, hence it will benefit me."