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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has stated that the venue for the 2021 T20 World Cup will basically be their home since they’ve played in the UAE for over ten years now. He also stated that the team is looking forward to the matches lined up for them in the coming months.
The ICC mega-event will start on October 17 with the qualifiers taking place in Oman. Following the qualifiers, the group stages start in the UAE. After the announcement of the schedule for the same, Babar spoke about the team’s plans going forward.
“The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 schedule announcement brings us one step forward in our preparations for this much-awaited global tournament.”
“We will utilise the build-up period by playing in home series against New Zealand and England and will not only aim to fine-tune our final outlook but also win as many matches as possible so that we can carry that winning form and momentum to the United Arab Emirates,” he said.
Considering Pakistan will be playing in what is basically their home ground, they will feel confident about their chances. Pakistan is currently placed fourth in the rankings, but Babar stated they are high on confidence having beaten top sides before.
“For Pakistan, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 is like a home event as the UAE has been our venue for more than a decade.”
“We have not only nurtured our talent and developed our side in the UAE but have also beaten the top sides in these conditions to peak to No.1 in the ICC T20I Team Rankings,” the skipper added.
“I remain focused in inspiring my side with my performances” – Babar Azam
Talking about his ambitions, Babar pointed out that his main focus is to inspire the side and take his team to the top. If they win the World Cup, they will be the first team from their country to win a major ICC event.
“From a personal point of view, this will be my first major ICC event as Pakistan captain. I tasted success in 2017 and suffered disappointment in 2019 when we missed out on a semi-final spot by a fraction of a point despite beating both the finalists in league matches. I remain focused in inspiring my side with my performances,” he concluded.
Pakistan’s first match will be against arch-rivals and cricket powerhouse, India, on October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.