Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is confident that his team will win the opening match of T20 world cup against their arch-rivals India.
Dubai (UAE): Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is confident that his team will win the opening match of the T20 world cup against their arch-rivals India. He has said that they have been playing in UAE for the last 3-4 years and thus, they are at the advantage of being overly familiar with the pitch and the field.
"We've been playing cricket in UAE for the past 3-4 years and we know the conditions really well," Azam was quoted as saying by the ICC.
The star batsman further added "We know how the wicket will behave and the adjustments batters will have to make. On the day who plays the better cricket, wins the match. If you ask me, we will win."
Both the teams will be locking horns on October 24 in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Pakistan has never won a World Cup match across both ODIs and T20Is against India but Azam is unperturbed, saying that it is a thing of the past. Babar Azam will be playing his first T20 World Cup and will make his debut as captain.
The side made UAE its home venue after international teams showed reluctance to tour Pakistan citing security concerns after the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team.
"We know the pressure and the high intensity of each game, especially the first one. Hopefully, we can win the match and carry the momentum forward.
"Your belief and confidence as a group matter a lot before a tournament. As a team, our confidence and morale are really high. We are not thinking of the past but the future. We are preparing for that. "I am fully confident that we are well prepared and will play good cricket on the day," he added. Talking about his side which is a blend of youth and experience, Azam said.