KARACHI: Babar Azam, the newly-appointed captain of the Karachi Kings, claimed on Sunday that Lahore Qalandars captain Shaheen Shah Afridi gives batters a hard time, as the two players prepare to face off in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 7.
“Shaheen is a strong opponent with a well-thought-out strategy, and you must fight both Shaheen and Haris with greater attention and concentration,” Babar said in a virtual news conference.
“Shaheen is one of Pakistan’s greatest bowlers. “He’s getting better every day, and Haris Rauf is getting better as well,” the skipper remarked.
He described the match versus Lahore as a “special game” in which they would aim to play good cricket.
“Every year, the match between Karachi and Lahore is thrilling. This is a game that both we and the fans like. “There have been good encounters between the two teams in the past,” Babar Azam stated.
Regaining the crown
Babar stated that the Karachi Kings would do their hardest to reclaim the PSL title, which will begin on January 27 at the National Stadium.
“Thank you, God.” He has bestowed so much success onto me. Yes, accountability has arrived. When you are given responsibility, you become more concentrated and want to maintain consistency,” Babar explained.
“With the manner I’ve been given the captaincy of the Karachi Kings and the way Imad Wasim has been guiding the team so far, we’ll attempt to carry it and produce the best and win the title.” Six batsmen are on the team, as well as batting all-rounders. We also have a whole bowling squad. “I’m very happy, and the team will do everything it can to win the title,” he stated.
“Batting with Sharjeel Khan at the other end is usually a breeze because he relieves the pressure.” He remarked, “It’s good to start with Sharjeel since he’s a game-changer.”
“He doesn’t put undue strain on his spouse.” “His ability is really beneficial to the Karachi Kings,” he continued.
Amir a match-winner
Muhammad Amir, he said, is a match-winner for the Kings. “Amir has unquestionably won critical matches for Karachi Kings in difficult circumstances,” he remarked.
Babar hopes that cricket enthusiasts everywhere would support the sport. “Yes, everything is done because of the mob. They also make cricket more enjoyable for the players. Because of COVID, the crowd size has been reduced; this is a problem, but we must also adhere to protocol. “However, I am convinced that people who attend the stadium and those who follow cricket on social media will support the sport,” he continued.