Babar pays tribute to Sarfaraz ahead of first T20 against Australia

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Sydney

Pakistan’s new T20I captain Babar Azam on Saturday said that he would miss his predecessor and recently sacked skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed “a lot” ahead of the series against Australia.
The 25-year-old Azam took over the T20I reins from Sarfaraz earlier this month after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to remove the Karachi native due to his failing level of performances.
On the eve of Pakistan’s first assignment in the post-Sarfaraz era, Azam paid a tribute to the man he replaced in the leadership role.
“Of course, we would miss him a lot,” he said at a press conference in Sydney on the even of the first T20I between Pakistan and Australia.
“Sarfaraz’s services for Pakistan are immeasurable. He made the team number one [in the world] and I hope to build on this.”
He dismissed the notion that his inexperience as a captain and the need to juggle batting with leadership would be a problem.
“When I will be batting, I will only focus on piling up the runs but when I will be on the field, I will then step into my role as captain and lead the team,” he said, emphasising that he would take things one at a time.
“I also have [some] experience as I was the captain back in 2012 for the U-19 team at the World Cup in Australia. I am familiar with the conditions.”
When asked if Misbah would be the de factor captain due to his inexperience, Azam was quick to remind that “at the end of the day, Misbah will not be on the field to lead the team.”
Pakistan T20I skipper Babar Azam said that the he hopes to put a good show on the Australian turf when the two team will meet for the first of the three T20I series at Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.—APP