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Would’ve played with match-winning mindest if my wicket hadn’t fell: Babar Azam



  • Babar Azam plays captain’s knock of 196 runs to draw Karachi Test.
  • “Credit to Abdullah Shafiq for the way he played,” Babar says.
  • Babar says Pakistan to learn from mistakes ahead of Lahore Test.

KARACHI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam has revealed that Pakistan would have gone with the mindset of chasing the mammoth target against Australia if they had not lost his wicket a post-tea.

Pakistan managed to draw the 2nd Test against Australia after surviving 171.4 overs — the most by a team to draw a five-day-Test as they scored 443-7 at the close of play chasing the target of 506.

Pakistan were earlier bowled out for 148 in the first innings and were 21 for 2 in the second innings but Babar Azam played a match-saving inning of 196 following his patient partnerships with Abdullah Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan.

They needed 196 runs from 36 overs in the last session of play with six wickets in hands and, at that moment, there was a sight of intent before Babar lost his wicket, which was followed by wickets of Faheem Ashraf and Sajid Khan.

That moment panicked many — but Babar was unfazed.

“I didn’t panic despite our team losing back-to-back wickets because I was confident that the tail-enders are capable enough of saving this match,” Babar said after the historic draw in Karachi.

“We wanted to play normally till tea and then see the situation post-tea. I think if I had not lost my wicket, we would’ve opted for the mindset to chase the target,” he said.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam speaks to journalists after the second Pakistan-Australia Test match in Karachi, on March 16, 2022. — Photo by author
Pakistan captain Babar Azam speaks to journalists after the second Pakistan-Australia Test match in Karachi, on March 16, 2022. — Photo by author

Babar said that after a dismal show in the first innings, he tried to motivate his team and told them that what’s done is done and Pakistan can still save this match.

He said that he was focused on imparting a sense of self-belief among the players ahead of the second innings.

“Credit to Abdullah Shafiq for the way he played. He showed amazing patience and played a very important knock today which helped the team, and then towards the end, Muhammad Rizwan played a brilliant knock,” Babar said.

“I am happy to play the knock that I played, as this knock holds very value for me because the team needed it and it helped Pakistan save the Test match,” the Pakistani captain said.

He said that the pitch offered the same reverse and spin to both the bowlers, there was not much swing even in the first innings but Pakistan lost wickets to soft dismissals and by committing mistakes.

He said that team will try to learn from mistakes and will do even better in Lahore Test.

“We will try to convert our goods into our best and learn from the mistakes that we made in this match ahead of the Lahore Test,” the Pakistani captain said.

Replying to a question, Babar Azam said he hoped that the 3rd Test in Lahore would produce results.

“We will think about our strategy once we are in Lahore and see the pitch there,” Azam concluded.

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Jason Gillespie, the head coach of the Pakistan Red Ball team, may not be able to attend the Bangladesh Test owing to personal issues, as discussed informally with Shaheen Shah Afridi.

“Shaheen Afridi has accumulated a considerable amount of experience in the game of cricket,” remarked Jason Gillespie.

Jason Gillespie stated that Shaheen had bowled three times as much as Starc in a year. “Shaheen Shah Afridi is also involved in playing leagues across all three formats,” he stated.

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“Although I have not yet had the opportunity to meet Shaan in person, I have been maintaining regular communication with him over the phone,” stated Jason Gillespie. Jason Gillespie stated that he encountered captain Babar Azam in Lahore.

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The captain for the Pakistan Shaheens team for the Darwin tour has been announced.




Sahibzada Farhan, a prominent batsman, has been appointed as the captain of the Pakistan Shaheens’ team for the upcoming four-day matches against Bangladesh A in Darwin, Australia.

The Pakistan Shaheens will engage in two four-day matches against the Bangladesh ‘A’ team, after which they will participate in a tri-series with the Northern Territory team and Bangladesh in Darwin. In addition, they will also take part in the Top End T20 Series, which consists of nine teams.

However, the tour has seen the unfortunate absence of the promising fast bowler Hunain Shah, who has been unable to participate due to an injury. As a result, Qasim Akram has been selected as his replacement in the squad.

The Pakistan Shaheens will depart for Brisbane early on Saturday morning via Dubai. They will journey from Brisbane to Darwin at a later time.

Pakistan’s red-ball head coach, Jason Gillespie, will be traveling to Darwin to serve as the team’s head coach for the two four-day matches.

The Pakistan Shaheens squad

The team consists of Sahibzada Farhan (captain), Haseebullah, Qasim Akram, Kamran Ghulam, Kashif Ali, Khurram Shahzad, Mehran Mumtaz, Mohammad Huraira, Mubasir Khan, Muhammad Irfan Khan, Omair Bin Yousuf, Shahnawaz Dahani, Tayyab Tahir, Umar Amin, and Mohammad Ali.

The layer support personnel for the team include Jason Gillespie, who serves as the head coach for red-ball matches and will also oversee the camp from 8-13 July. Abdul Rehman is the head coach for white-ball matches and will join the team on 28 July. Mohammad Masroor is the assistant coach-cum-manager and camp commandant from 24 June-7 July. The team also has Mohammad Asad as the physiotherapist, Imranullah as the trainer, and Usman Hashmi as the analyst.

Timetable (all games in Darwin)

On July 14th, we will arrive in Darwin.
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26-29 July: Four-day match against Bangladesh ‘A’
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An ex-cricketer proposes Mohammad Rizwan as the skipper for white-ball cricket.




Mohammad Rizwan, the wicketkeeper batter, has been proposed by former Pakistani bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz to lead the team in white-ball cricket.

The former fast bowler backed Rizwan, who took the Multan Sultans to three straight PSL finals, in an interview with a local news source.

“[Mohammad] Rizwan has demonstrated his leadership abilities by assisting KPK in winning all local competitions in the past, and his record as Multan Sultans’ captain has been steadfast over time. He is the ideal candidate for the position. He declared, “Babar Azam lacks confidence and shouldn’t be considered for the position.

For those who don’t know, Babar Azam, Pakistan’s current white-ball captain, has come under fire after the country’s men’s squad exited the T20 World Cup 2024 early.

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“Since every committee member was in charge of the choice, they should all be fired. The whole selection committee failed to live up to expectations.

“If we hope to get the system back on track at all, major surgery is necessary. The removal of Wahab and Abdul Razzaq alone would not be sufficient; a three-person selection committee is required.

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