No fissure within the staff, claims Babar after Imam’s cryptic tweet


KARACHI-Pakistan all-format captain Babar Azam has dispelled the impression of a rift between the gamers of the nationwide staff, saying, ‘The unity of the staff is unbroken and there are not any variations within the staff in any respect.’ 

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq posted a tweet on Sunday, believed to be an oblique method of venting out his anger for being benched within the fourth and fifth ODI of the just lately concluded PAK vs NZ ODI sequence. “Life is an sudden journey so by no means anticipate something from anybody”. Be affected person, Allah is watching,” he wrote. 

When Babar was requested about Imam’s cryptic tweet through the post-match press convention on Sunday, he replied he had not seen the tweet and would see it later. “Nobody will get indignant on this staff. The unity of our staff is phenomenal and it’ll stay like this,” he added. “And when one thing like this occurs we attempt to hold to ourselves as a result of the belief stage between us is kind of good.” 

Commenting on Pakistan’s potential squad for the mega occasion, Babar stated he and the administration had 15 to 20 gamers in thoughts whose names would solely be revealed earlier than the World Cup. “Each match earlier than the World Cup is vital for us and we try to put it to use,” he stated. 

Elaborating on the staff’s efficiency within the just lately concluded five-game ODI sequence in opposition to New Zealand, the Pakistan captain stated, “There have been many positives and we have been capable of test on our bench energy within the sequence. “We tried to scrub sweep the Black Caps however the way in which we deliberate, we couldn’t end it that method. “We deliberate to complete the sequence on a greater be aware; nevertheless, early wickets led to our defeat within the fifth ODI,” he stated. 


New Zealand opener Will Younger heaped praises on hard-hitting Pakistan batter Iftikhar Ahmed for his brave knocks in opposition to the Blackcaps through the just lately concluded white-ball sequence between the 2 sides. Iftikhar smashed an unbeaten 94 from 72 balls to maintain the opposition on their toes regardless of the top-order collapse. His heroic knock ultimately went in useless as Pakistan have been all-out for 252 whereas chasing 300. 

The grit proven by Iftikhar didn’t go unnoticed because the Kiwi participant Younger spoke extremely of his knock, claiming he was distressed after dropping the previous on 60. “He’s an incredible participant. I can recall a few knocks when he nearly received the sport singlehandedly” stated Younger within the post-match press convention. “I feel the sport isn’t over when Ifitkhar is on the crease. And once I dropped him on 60 at level, my coronary heart was pumping.” 

Younger, who starred with a superb 87-run knock, stated he was pleased with the staff’s victory and the way in which he performed within the last ODI. “We have been capable of take wickets immediately which we weren’t capable of do within the earlier recreation and managed to place stress on the opposition,” he added. 

Commenting on the significance of the Pakistan tour earlier than the World Cup – scheduled later this 12 months in India – he stated, “Taking part in within the subcontinent situation will assist us lots getting ready for the mega occasion.” 

He additionally hailed the native crowd for his or her help and lauded Pakistan for its nice hospitality. “They have been clearly residence followers however they have been good and pleasant to us as effectively. And the way in which we have been handled in resort rooms at varied accommodations was excellent,” he stated. “Hospitality was nice,” he remarked. 

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