Babar Azam comments on World Cup in India

Babar Azam shares his take on this year's ICC World Cup despite situation remaining unclear regarding Pakistan's participation

By Sohail Imran
March 02, 2023
An undated image of Pakistan captain Babar Azam. — ICC Cricket

Amid controversy surrounding Pakistan'sparticipation in ICC World Cup in India, Pakistan captain Babar Azam is focused on doing well in this year’s mega event.

The star batter — who was awarded the ICC's ODI Player of the Year for his performance in 2022 —is keen on doing well in the mega event.


“We are focused on the World Cup in India and will try to put up a good show during the tournament,” Azam told Geo News in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

Azam, who is currently leading Peshawar Zalmi during the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season eight, said: “I will try to score runs alongside Mohammad Rizwan since we have a good combination at the top.

"But having said that it is not possible to score in every inning which is why it is important not to depend on only two players in the team."

“However, we also have other players in the team who are eager to play a match-winning role for the team on the field," he added.

The 28-year-old cricketer said: “Criticism will continue because it is not possible that everyone will speak in your favour. I always try to stay positive since it improves my level of confidence."

He was also satisfied with Zalmi’s progress, who are placed in fourth position in the points table after six points in six matches, in PSL 8.

“It has been a good journey so far with Peshawar Zalmi. We made some mistakes which is why we weren’t able to win some of the matches. However, we will try to do better in the upcoming matches,” he added.

The closing ceremony and final will be played on March 19 in Lahore, which will also host play-offs.

The winner will not only lift the Supernova Trophy but will also collect a cheque of Rs120m, while the runners-up will receive a cheque of Rs48 million.