“As a batter, I have achieved decently and, as a captain, I have won a few series. But lifting the ICC trophy is a different motivation.": Babar Azam

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Babar previews T20 World Cup in 52nd edition of PCB Podcast

Pakistan captain Babar Azam is a special guest in the 52nd episode of the PCB Podcast.

“I am happy and excited because when you go to play in a major event, you have different excitement. It’s the aim of any cricketer to play in a World Cup, so that kind of feeling is coming over me. The hope is always to lift the trophy, but for that to happen, we have to play top cricket against every side.

“Our performances in the last two ICC Men’s T20 World Cups have been good. Unfortunately, we could not finish on a high. We were also runners-up in the ACC T20 Asia Cup 2022. So, at the back of our minds, we are thinking about how we have played two finals and a semi-final and how we can overcome the mistakes that derailed our campaigns.

“Effort is in our hands, but results, we do not know. How we present ourselves on the ground, our body language and how we communicate with each other will matter. We must be positive, so results will come.”

“As a batter, I have achieved decently and, as a captain, I have won a few series. But lifting the ICC trophy is a different motivation. You go to a different level and get a lot of praise. So, the motivation, aspiration and dream remains to lift an ICC trophy and present it to Pakistan.

“Conditions in the USA may pose challenges as we are going there as a national side for the first time. We are in the process of collating various cricket and match-related information from players who have played there, which can help and assist us in our preparations.”

“An India-Pakistan match is always the most talked about; it is discussed too much wherever you go in the world. The players get different vibes and excitement. What will happen is that everyone supports their country, so the focus is on that match.

“The whole world is focused on the day when the India-Pakistan match is held. Naturally, there will be nerves, but we need to keep our focus, stick to the basics and play easy cricket. It is always a pressure game; the more you keep cool and calm, believe in your skills and hard work, then things get easier.

“I understand the responsibilities of a captain as there are additional expectations. You have players and the management, and you have to maintain communication with them. You have to control your emotions and back your players because you have to get the best performance out of them. You always have to support them and give them the confidence that they are the best and can do better.”

“I think the semi-final we lost against Australia (2021), we could have won that. In that match, fielding was the reason that made a different impact. If we had bowled two or three dot balls in the final stages, then the pressure would have got to them. But we lost as a team and not due to an individual.

“For me, in 2022, we could and should have won the India game, but they took it away.

“The most hurtful was the defeat against Zimbabwe. It hurts more because we had played good cricket against India and people were praising our performance and fightback.

“In the final, Shaheen’s injury was impactful because at that time, the pressure was on them (England). We were forced to give an over to a spinner and that made a difference.”

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I’m telling you WAHAB RIAZ is the cause of this downfall he selected moins son Wahab is a bigger parchi than Imran farhat & masooood
Wahab has no clue but Babar has been Captian for a long time and the team has gone from bad to worse. The way he led the team on and off the field during the WC in India showed he has no business leading the Pak cricket team. He truly behaves like a tourist and cricket looks like a time pass activity to him.

His own fitness levels are decreasing, carrying extra kilo's and also has put the teams fitness standards down by playing Azam Khan.
 
“I think the semi-final we lost against Australia (2021), we could have won that. In that match, fielding was the reason that made a different impact. If we had bowled two or three dot balls in the final stages, then the pressure would have got to them. But we lost as a team and not due to an individual.
Even 2.5 years later Babar's analysis is faulty.

Yes the fielding was poor with your mate Hasan Ali dropping a sitter but your batting was culpable.

Scoring 39 off 34 was criminal. It was the second lowest SR of any player on either side who faced a minimum of 10 balls. We were 10-20 runs short to coin your favourite phrase as a result.
 
With an ego-driven and favoritism-based strategy, he cannot lead the team to ICC trophy victories, even when they qualify for the finals. You will see that poor selection decisions will ultimately backfire.
 
With an ego-driven and favoritism-based strategy, he cannot lead the team to ICC trophy victories, even when they qualify for the finals. You will see that poor selection decisions will ultimately backfire.
Pakistan cricket has always been ego driven but with key players combining to win trophies or series.

CT 17 was an example when Fakhar came in, Azhar Ali, Amir and Hasan Ali.

Safi deserves credit for marshalling his bowlers well during that tournament.

Favouritism is there because if you speak in favour of a rival political party rather than the party given the power you will be out.

Salman Ali is case in point.

You will never produce a system of consistent players until that system and the people who run it in this way are done for good.


The two most successful and exciting teams to watch currently Australia and England have solid administrations right from top to bottom with zero political interference which is how any successful organisation flourishes.

We can see the difference on the pitch.

The PCB brings in an estimate of 56 million in revenue from the ICC one of the highest earners where is the money going?.

Pakpassion should investigate and look into it.
 
Pakistan cricket has always been ego driven but with key players combining to win trophies or series.

CT 17 was an example when Fakhar came in, Azhar Ali, Amir and Hasan Ali.

Safi deserves credit for marshalling his bowlers well during that tournament.

Favouritism is there because if you speak in favour of a rival political party rather than the party given the power you will be out.

Salman Ali is case in point.

You will never produce a system of consistent players until that system and the people who run it in this way are done for good.


The two most successful and exciting teams to watch currently Australia and England have solid administrations right from top to bottom with zero political interference which is how any successful organisation flourishes.

We can see the difference on the pitch.

The PCB brings in an estimate of 56 million in revenue from the ICC one of the highest earners where is the money going?.

Pakpassion should investigate and look into it.
Salman ali Agha , yes he has proved himself to be a better batsman whenever he got the opportunity but was sidelined for no reason

He even scored a test hundred which Ifthikar could only dream of

Plus he is a good fielder , doesn’t drop any chances
 
Salman ali Agha , yes he has proved himself to be a better batsman whenever he got the opportunity but was sidelined for no reason

He even scored a test hundred which Ifthikar could only dream of

Plus he is a good fielder , doesn’t drop any chances
He was side lined because he said some nice words about the G :imran.
 
The PCB brings in an estimate of 56 million in revenue from the ICC one of the highest earners where is the money going?.


Pakpassion should investigate and look into it.

They make more than this.

Couldn't even repaint the roof of gaddafi stadium never mind a new stadium. Basic things neglected all over.

None of their schemes are accounted for or trackable.

There is no transparency in their work and we have no idea on their roadmap especially on grassroots cricket.

All we get is the odd presser with bold claims.
 
Even 2.5 years later Babar's analysis is faulty.

Yes the fielding was poor with your mate Hasan Ali dropping a sitter but your batting was culpable.

Scoring 39 off 34 was criminal. It was the second lowest SR of any player on either side who faced a minimum of 10 balls. We were 10-20 runs short to coin your favourite phrase as a result.

It's the same reason he hypes the Pakistan bowlers so much. It justifies him setting safe but losing targets like 160-170 where he can toodle along, all on this premise that it is enough to defend for such fantastic bowlers...like Shadab Khan and Haris Rauf.
 
Its time to move forward and focus on the assignments ahead.

Back these players and boost their confidence levels.

Everyone can be judged once the Tournament is over.
It the same core bunch of players representing Pakistan in ICC tournaments for the last few years. Accountability never takes place after every dismal tournament.
 
They make more than this.

Couldn't even repaint the roof of gaddafi stadium never mind a new stadium. Basic things neglected all over.

None of their schemes are accounted for or trackable.

There is no transparency in their work and we have no idea on their roadmap especially on grassroots cricket.

All we get is the odd presser with bold claims.
Wouldn't surprise me that's why I wrote estimate.

I think there was an article that stated 80 mil.
 
It the same core bunch of players representing Pakistan in ICC tournaments for the last few years. Accountability never takes place after every dismal tournament.
I'm not expecting accountability from the PCB.

There s more chance of it reaching 50 degrees in the UK.

I meant supporters giving their 10 pence on the forum.
 
With an ego-driven and favoritism-based strategy, he cannot lead the team to ICC trophy victories, even when they qualify for the finals. You will see that poor selection decisions will ultimately backfire.
They can’t even win matches against associate teams. Since 2010 Pak have lost matches to Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland. At this rate in the next ten years they will lose to USA, Nepal , Canada, Namibia and Uganda and add to that list. Pakistan will be a certified minnow, get relegated from test status
 
I’m telling you WAHAB RIAZ is the cause of this downfall he selected moins son Wahab is a bigger parchi than Imran farhat & masooood
Indeed he is the one who broke this team by bringing in Azam khan unnecessarily and dropping Haris for that.

He removed Babar from captaincy and removed Shaheen and re ring back Babar, such a troublemaker that’s why he is in politics. He will become the prime minister one day
 
Babar opens his mouth and people start crying like babies. Babar shouldn’t care less about the fans as long as PCB thinks he is the right man to captain the team.

Fans are not important.
 
Babar opens his mouth and people start crying like babies. Babar shouldn’t care less about the fans as long as PCB thinks he is the right man to captain the team.

Fans are not important.
Babas a more pathetic captain than Safraz
 
Sarfraz literally won two ICC trophies for Pakistan and it would have been another in 2019, was it not for the pace playing specialist Babar; who went fishing against a bit of lateral movement in that game against the West Indies, his dismissal induced a massive collapse. Everyone talks about his knock against NZ but it sort of was too late then, a hallmark of his career; pumping his chest when the chips are up.
 
Lol what has he achieved as a batsman. He has failed massively in the icc tournaments and he is just an average batsman in tests.

I don't understand why is he hyped so much.
Scoring against Zimbabwe don't kind.

He is the most overrated player in the history of cricket.

He is gonna be humiliated again in the icc tournament.
 
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Lol what has he achieved as a batsman. He has failed massively in the icc tournaments and he is just an average batsman in tests.

I don't understand why is he hyped so much.
Scoring against Zimbabwe don't kind.

He is the most overrated player in the history of cricket.

He is gonna be humiliated again in the icc tournament.

Bohuta besharam Banda ae babar tu
Right now as things stand. His greatest Achievement is beating India in a WT20 event. As a captain and also as a player.

You might say his hundred 5 years ago vs New Zealand in World Cup was the biggest thing for him. But that's about it.

A player like Fakhar Zaman has achieved more than Babar. That speaks volume because unlike Fakhar, Babar has better technique, support and talent.
 
Sarfraz literally won two ICC trophies for Pakistan and it would have been another in 2019, was it not for the pace playing specialist Babar; who went fishing against a bit of lateral movement in that game against the West Indies, his dismissal induced a massive collapse. Everyone talks about his knock against NZ but it sort of was too late then, a hallmark of his career; pumping his chest when the chips are up.
Ah yes let's
Don't ever compare Pakistan's greatest captain with its worst
Agreed rubbish like sarfraz shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence as Babar.
 
Lol at Sarfaraz being the greatest captain. He's probably the only guy who gets no mention from the international cricket fraternity despite captaining two Pakistan teams to their ICC victories. Such was his role that nobody remembers him apart from Karachi mafia. Says a lot.

It's like saying Younis was the greatest T20I captain Pakistan had because he got the ICC win.

Babar will achieve cricket greatness in all the history books. And for all cricket legends, they'll remember Babar's name with respect. Sarfaraz will achieve Jeeto Pakistan.

Babar gets hate on the forum due to insecure individuals who cannot digest the success and need someone to hate on. Keep going.
 
No particular order worst captains:

Yousaf
Baba
Shaheen
Safraz
Masood
Waqar younis
 
No particular order worst captains:

Yousaf
Baba
Shaheen
Safraz
Masood
Waqar younis
Shaheen after 1 series cant be on the list and its too early to judge Shan.

Inzi and Azhar Ali should be on the list.

Sarfraz did well with captaincy and players respected him and used his bowlers well as a skipper.
 
Babas a more pathetic captain than Safraz
Sarfaraz is not a yardstick for captaincy and even if Babar is not a great captain, he is still the best option for Pakistan right now.
 
He tried to convert Matthew Hayden :ROFLMAO: He is too dumb to be a captain.
Riz conveyed the message of Islam to Haydos which he appreciated when he gave him the Holy Quran.

This is Fard on every Muslim to offer Dawah anyway.

Back to the cricket he has proven to be a good captain at M S where Usama ending up top wicket taker.
 
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Salman Butt said, while speaking on a show on a Pakistani media outlet:

"Strike rate is the result of a process and that process is to bat according to merit. After playing for a long time, a batter has an answer to every delivery and that becomes a part of their muscle memory. But people who don't have an average of 30 in international cricket and have never played outside Asia are speaking about strike rate."

"Babar is absolutely right in saying that neither can he bat like Saim, nor can Saim bat like him. Babar is the one who will score on nine out of 10 occasions, exactly what Kohli does for India. No matter how hard Kohli or Babar try, they can't match Michael Jackson's dancing skills, and if they try to sing, they can't hold a candle to Noor Jahan's vocal prowess. It's just not possible."
 
Guys no more off topic religious discussion here
Bro when I posted an opinion that Riz should be captain based on his M S performances etc.

some other posters got personal and attacked Riz based on his faith and you said nothing.

Now me and bro @PakEngFan rebutted their nonsense your calling it a religious discussion.

As a moderator you need to be fair and consistent to all posters otherwise we will end up with favouritism like the PCB.
 
Winning a series against the minnows and winning a mega event are completely different challenges. For that babar bhai you need to take responsibility and perform in bigger events.
 
i probably missed out on the world cup babar has won for pakistan or the away series he won for us in SENA
 
Given our history, playing Semi-finals and finals of a T20 WC is a pretty good performance with the team we had. Pakistan had 10 times more talented team than this and still failed to win anything substantial, so this isn’t a bad at all.
 
WHo is the backbone according to you?

Imad? Amir or fakhar???
Backbone is always whoever is playing at no 3. Their typically considered your best bat and are expected to bat through the innings.

I'm not talking about Pakistan. I'm just saying its weird associating an opener as a backbone as it isn't their job to be one.
 
Backbone is always whoever is playing at no 3. Their typically considered your best bat and are expected to bat through the innings.

I'm not talking about Pakistan. I'm just saying its weird associating an opener as a backbone as it isn't their job to be one.
Usman Khan is the backbone of Pakistan considering Babar the coward is itching to open the innings :ROFLMAO:
 
Usman Khan is the backbone of Pakistan considering Babar the coward is itching to open the innings :ROFLMAO:
For me personally usman khan isn't exactly their atm, I don't see him being an all format star. He's mostly a uae representative for Pakistan, but I don't get it? How does this lad have more fighting spirit then anyone else on the team excluding fakhar when he's in confidence mode?

Even these minnows, I've been watching nambia, Uganda, Oman and these crap teams play and at the very least they have guts. It's a massive achievement for Oman to not back down against Australia and their fielding was better then ours I'm this game lol, the maxwell catch was amazing.

Why does every team have more B@lls then our openers? Even brian masaba started attacking with the ball and bat despite being horrifcly outmatched against Afghanistan.

The way Babar and rizzu play is so frustrating, this limited batter excuse needs to stop, I've been watching 100x more limited batters who are post office workers show more intent then these 2.
 
For me personally usman khan isn't exactly their atm,
Agree bro but the guy doesn’t die wondering. With whatever limited ability he has, the guy just keeps fighting and looks to punch his way out of corners. Doesn’t really think, just goes and does what he can
 
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