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Babar Azam takes break from cricket for ‘family, Ramadan’

Babar says Aussie players enjoyed cricket in Pakistan.

LAHORE: After a successful tour of Australia to Pakistan, skipper Babar Azam has decided to take a break from all cricket to spend time with his family.

Addressing a virtual press conference, the right-handed batter asserted that he would return to cricket after Ramadan as he will be focusing on his family and praying during the holy month.

The world’s No.1 batter also thanked the Australian team for visiting Pakistan.  “Every time I spoke to the Aussie players, they said that they are enjoying cricket in Pakistan,” said Babar.

Talking about the series, Babar said that there have been ups and downs. “There are good players in the middle order who will be given opportunities”, he said adding that there is still time in the World Cup and assured that Pakistan will make a good combination.

Talking about the T20 match against Australia, in which Pakistan faced defeat, Babar said the team gave a little score to the opponents in the T20 match and we should have maintained the momentum in yesterday’s match.  “We need to improve our fielding and take advantage of the opportunities provided to us,” he added.

During the presser, Babar also talked about fast bowler Hasan Ali, saying “he is having a bad time”. The 27-year-old more or less became a liability in the recently concluded Australia series across formats. He missed the first Test due to injury and returned to the side for the final two Tests.

He took only two wickets at an average of 96, while in the first ODI, he conceded runs at an economy of seven. He was dropped from the side for the final two ODIs which Pakistan won.

He went on to say that the team is trying to make a comeback for Hasan and will continue to do so as “he has won the team a lot of matches.” Babar assured everyone that the team will improve and come back stronger.


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