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‘Aim is to play fearless cricket’: Babar Azam

BRIDGETOWN: Pakistan all-format skipper Babar Azam says he tries to play responsibly in every match.

“I try to perform in every match. Since the time I’ve become captain, my performances have improved as well,” said the right-handed batsman while virtually addressing the media.

“I take it as a challenge. Hopefully, I can carry on and I can improve even more.”

Pakistan is headed for the West Indies series with a double pressure of defeats during the England tour. Following the series in the Caribbean, Pakistan will have a big tournament – the T20 World Cup – coming this year.

The world’s second top-ranked batsman said Pakistan will check out different combinations in the run-up to the World Cup. “Our aim is to play fearless cricket,” he said.

“West Indies have been trying out different combinations. We are also going to do the same.”

“The aim is to play different combinations in this series and also check our bench strength,” he said. “The guys have done well in the PSL as well. We are going to back them.”

Azam said Pakistan have played some good cricket against West Indies. Pakistan have a very good record against the hosts, he said.

Azam said fielding will play an important role in the upcoming matches. “We’ve discussed our mistakes and our aim is to not repeat them,” he said.

“The players need to be given confidence. We’ve worked very hard on our fielding. It was lacking but we’ve worked on it in the last two days.”

He also remarked that a decision has almost been made on who will be picked for the upcoming matches.

In West Indies, the conditions are different, said Azam. “We will try everyone, including spinners,” he added.

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