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Sacrificed opening slot in T20Is for sake of Pakistan: Babar

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Peshawar Zalmis captain Babar Azam celebrates fifty during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 cricket match between Peshawar Zalmis and Multan Sultan at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on March 4, 2024. — Online
Peshawar Zalmi’s captain Babar Azam celebrates fifty during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Twenty20 cricket match between Peshawar Zalmis and Multan Sultan at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on March 4, 2024. — Online

KARACHI: Peshawar Zalmi skipper and opener Babar Azam after leading his team to a two-run victory against Karachi Kings’ revealed that he played at number three position for the sake of Pakistan despite not being personally satisfied with that spot.

While addressing the post-match press conference after Zalmi registered their sixth win in 10 matches of the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024, Babar, who scored 51, also praised opening partner Saim Ayub. “Initially, we faced trouble while making a combination but later overcame the issue.”

It is pertinent to mention that Babar, who long served as an opener with Mohammad Rizwan in T20Is for Pakistan, was dropped to a one-down position by the team management following criticism over a slow strike rate.

“It was the demand of my country to play one-down. Personally speaking, I wasn’t satisfied playing in that position, but did for the sake of the national team,” Babar stressed. Meanwhile, about the aggressive opener Saim, with whom Babar has formed a destructive pair, he said they have developed good communication and understanding.

“The style of my and Saim’s batting is different. We strategise as per the situation and match, especially to dominate the first six overs. In him we have also found an excellent bowling option,” Babar stated.

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