Babar Azam, Pakistan’s captain, has expressed optimism that his team will win the forthcoming three-match home Test series against England and remain in the running for a spot in the ICC World Test Championship 2021–2023 final by doing so.
Azam further stated that the next red-ball series will be difficult for the English batters due to the Pakistani bowlers, notably youngster Naseem Shah. He also added that the host team has some momentum and an advantage because they are well-prepared. “We are excited about that prospect of playing the WTC final. This is an important series. We have a golden chance to achieve that if we win four of the five Tests to come,” said Babar Azam.
“We got around a week to prepare for the series so that was great and has given us some edge and momentum. The best thing was that domestic first-class matches were on so some of the players were already playing red-ball cricket,” he added. “Our bowling is good and will give a tough time to England. Naseem (Shah) has been bowling well and whatever England have been doing I have that confidence and the belief that they will give their best to give us wins,” the batting superstar said.
Pakistan currently occupies the fifth spot in the points table with a PCT of 51.85 and 56 points from nine Test matches, having won four, lost three, and drawn two of them. It will be a difficult task for Pakistan to advance to the WTC final. In addition to hosting New Zealand for two Test matches in December and January, Pakistan has a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on their home series in the upcoming months as the competition for first place in the WTC points table heats up.