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Ramiz Raja warns Babar Azam against doing things differently

The PCB chief wants the Men in Green to stick to a fearless brand of cricket
Babar Azam.
Babar Azam.
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Our Bureau   |   Published 10.11.21, 05:34 PM

Pakistan have done nothing wrong so far. But it takes just one howler to see a million hearts sink. Babar Azam will know that better than anyone else.

The Men in Green skipper just got a word of caution from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja. Babar Azam has led the Pakistan team well in the ongoing T20 World Cup and doesn't need to do anything differently in the semi-final against Australia on Thursday.

"So far the Pakistan team has really done well and impressed us well with their consistent performances. I don't think Babar Azam needs to do anything differently in the semi final against Australia. The team should just remain motivated and play fearlessly," Ramiz said in a statement.

Pakistan have comfortably won all their five games and are dubbed as favourites to beat Australia, who haven't been bad either.

Ramiz happy with consistency

Ramiz said that he was happy to see the Pakistan team shed the tag of being inconsistent performers by doing consistently well in the T20 World Cup and winning five matches in a row.

"The win over India was the result of a strong temperament while we beat New Zealand with some good planning while the win over the Afghanistan team came after playing their spinners well," he added.

He said that Babar's leadership, the players' self belief and their humble behaviour on the field had been appreciated by everyone and had led to consistency in the team's performance as well.

"You have qualified for the knock-out stage victory or defeat is not in any human's hand. But you should just continue to play good cricket and have self belief. The entire nation's prayers are with you."

'Stay fearless'

Ramiz said he was just happy to see that no player is afraid of defeat and they are playing fearless cricket which is the brand of cricket Pakistan should always play.

Ramiz, who took over as Chairman of the board on 13th September accepted Babar's request for changes in the squad before the World Cup, something which the Pakistan captain admitted on Tuesday had allowed him to lead the side more confidently and without fear of defeat.

Ramiz himself is flying to Dubai to attend the World Cup final and also the ICC board meeting, which is being held for the first time in person since the Covid-19 outbreak last year.

(With PTI inputs)

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