Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, is optimistic about his team’s performance at the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, which will begin on October 17 in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan is grouped with India, New Zealand, and Afghanistan in Group B. The team has performed admirably in the shorter format in recent years, defeating prominent teams such as the West Indies, England, and Australia. The team has also discovered a few players in the form of Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi during this time.

The matches being played in UAE, a ground and pitch conditions that they are familiar with, could be the most important aspect in Pakistan’s success at the global event. Since 2009, the Men in Green have played in this city, hosting numerous countries for bilateral series and hosting the PSL. The team was also ranked number one in the shortest format for a short time, so Azam was upbeat about his side’s chances in the T20 World Cup.

“Our record there is great; that is where we achieved world No. 1 status. The performances we put on, both as a group and individually, demonstrate how well the circumstances fit us. That is evidenced by our track record and consistency. We understand that teams are playing more positive cricket these days, and we need to do the same,” Azam stated.

Pakistan is coming off a 1-0 T20I series victory over the West Indies, but they lost 2-1 to England. The team’s tactics were questioned during the series, and fingers were directed at the team’s selection. Azam also mentioned that the middle order and death bowling are two areas that need to be improved.

“We’ve been battling for a while in two areas: middle order and death bowling. We’ve attempted a few alternative lineups and tried to figure out who may be a good fit for the squad if they played specific positions. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out, but that’s cricket”, he continued.