- ‘Sharjeel Khan is a match winner; his inclusion can be useful for Pakistan,’ says Babar.
- Azam says Sharjeel Khan himself and the crew administration are engaged on latter’s health.
- Azam says crew will attempt to carry ahead the successful momentum towards South Africa and Zimbabwe.
LAHORE: As controversy surrounding opener Sharjeel Khan’s choice grows, Pakistan crew Captain Babar Azam has come out in assist of his crew mate, saying Sharjeel is in kind and can be a successful addition to the Pakistan facet.
In a digital press convention in Lahore forward of the crew’s coaching camp for the Africa tour, Azam assured that Sharjeel was engaged on his health, including that the administration was additionally working with him on the problem.
“Sharjeel Khan will work on his fitness. You cannot expect him to become [as fit as] Shadab Khan overnight,” Babar mentioned.
He identified that Sharjeel had been taking part in one-day and four-day video games earlier than he was chosen and dismissed claims that his fielding was not on top of things.
“He is a match winner. He is in form and it [his inclusion in the side] will be beneficial for Pakistan,” said Babar.
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Babar’s comments come amid reports that Head Coach Misbahul Haq had expressed reservations over the batsman’s selection due to his poor fitness.
Differences with Mohammad Wasim
During the presser, Babar also spoke about reports circulating in the media that he has had disagreements with Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim over certain players’ exclusion from the squad for the Africa tour.
“There is talk of differences over selection [of players],” noted the skipper.
However, he clarified that, “There’s [always a] dialogue on names and it ought to proceed,” and described those discussions are “wholesome debates”.
He also made it clear that he was unhappy with the reports, as he believes that those conversations are supposed to be had within meetings “and will keep inside these conferences”.
The batsman added that the decisions he takes are for the team and not for individuals.
Speaking about the upcoming tour, Babar labelled the South Africa series as an important one. He added that the team will try to carry forward the winning momentum it gained from the recently-concluded series against South Africa in Pakistan.
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The skipper mentioned that the crew will play good cricket in South Africa, saying that regardless that they’ve defeated the crew just lately, they won’t take the problem frivolously.
On the Zimbabwe tour, Babar mentioned that the Check sequence towards the Chevrons is an effective alternative for younger cricketers.
Pakistan is scheduled to play three ODIs and 4 T20Is towards South Africa from April 2 onwards.
The groups will play the ODI sequence first, whereas the T20 sequence will begin from April 10.
The tour will finish on April 16, after which the Pakistan crew will depart for its sequence towards Zimbabwe.