Pakistani skipper Babar Azam said on Thursday that the national team aimed to maintain the winning momentum in the Test Series against Bangladesh.
The first test of the two-match series between Pakistan and Bangladesh begins tomorrow (Friday) in Chittagong.
The Pakistani all-format hitter and captain expressed these views at a virtual press conference in Chittagong. He also referred to the pitches in Bangladesh which he described as “slow”.
Azam also spoke about the team’s performance, saying he expected them to perform well on the series.
“The batting lineup includes senior players who play well with the spinners. The players who joined the test team were playing national cricket and we will enjoy that, ”he said.
He said that this series of tests is also important for Pakistan.
“The team will try to maintain the winning momentum [from the T20 series]. “
Babar Azam praised the test team, saying he was convinced they would perform well in the test championship because “there are more home games”.
He said the Bangladesh team are a dangerous team even with no senior players. Azam said they cannot be taken lightly as conditions are difficult in Bangladesh.
“It’s not easy to play here. You have to concentrate and play with patience, we will also try to stay on the wicket. “
Additionally, the Pakistani captain expressed concern over the unavailability of a hitting coach for the national team, saying there should have been one to train their hitters for the test series against Bangladesh.
“However, the decision to appoint a batting coach rests with the Pakistan Cricket Board,” he said.
Australian batting legend Mathew Hayden was named batting consultant for the recently concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after former Pakistani cricketers Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younus stepped down as coach in September .
Babar Azam said the team had less time to prepare for the cricket test after the T20 World Cup. However, he said cricketers are professionals and they will soon have to adapt to test cricket.
“We have been playing white ball cricket for many months now, we need to adapt to red ball cricket as soon as possible, we have the best spinners in the team,” he said.
Asked about his below-par performance in the recently concluded T20 series against the Tigers, Babar Azam said it is not necessary for him to perform in every series. Other team members will also need to step up their efforts, he added.
“It’s good that other batsmen have taken responsibility and scored points,” he said.