GALLE: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam Friday expressed confidence in Sri Lankan safety amid countrywide protests towards the president and prime minister looking for their resignations.
Chatting with the media forward of the primary of the two-match collection, the Pakistani captain mentioned that they’ve been “sorted nicely” by the native authorities.
“We did not really feel unsafe right here in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket has sorted us very well and the safety offered to us is nice,” Babar Azam mentioned, including additionally they performed a warm-up recreation right here so all the things is ok and they’re targeted on the collection.
“There have been no hurdles that made us really feel unsafe.”
The squad arrived in Colombo final week when the financial disaster sparked protests, forcing President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the nation.
The group performed a three-day warm-up match within the capital after which travelled to Galle the place the check match will begin from July 16.
The star batter mentioned Sri Lankan individuals love cricket they usually noticed lots of enthusiasm within the Take a look at collection towards Australia.
“We hope followers will come to the stadium on this collection as nicely.”
‘We’re ready for Take a look at collection’
The Pakistani captain mentioned that they’ll strive their greatest to carry out nicely within the collection and the group is nicely ready for the duty.
“I like the bottom in Galle.”
Sri Lankan group may be very robust in dwelling circumstances, Babar Azam mentioned, including that Australia’s collection first gave them an concept of what the circumstances could be like.
“We’ve come right here to play after a very long time, we have now executed our homework.”
Galle pitch helps spinners rather a lot, the skipper mentioned. “Sri Lankan spinners are superb and we have now ready accordingly.”
Defending the inclusion of Yasir Shah within the squad, Babar Azam mentioned he has come again after laborious work and hoped that he’ll give a tricky time to the rival group.
‘Virat Kohli wants assist’
In a message of assist to former Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who’s going by way of a tough patch, Babar Azam mentioned as a participant he is aware of easy methods to get by way of and out of robust conditions.
“Gamers want sport at such a time, I despatched a message to Kohli to offer him assist.”
Babar Azam mentioned that Virat Kohli is a superb participant and has performed lots of cricket.
“Virat Kohli is aware of easy methods to get out of this stuff, it takes time however we must always lend him assist so he comes of out it prior to earlier,” he concluded.
On late Thursday, Babar tweeted a photograph with Kohli and prolonged his assist to the previous Indian skipper. “This too shall cross. Keep sturdy,” Babar had written for Kohli who final made his worldwide century in 2019.