In Kolkata, Babar Azam, the skipper of Pakistan, has shared the team’s strategy for the significant ICC World Cup 2023 match against England. With New Zealand’s recent win against Sri Lanka, Pakistan is facing an extreme errand to come to the World Cup semi-finals.
Should Pakistan bat first, they would need to defeat England by an impressive 287 runs to stay in contention. Alternatively, if they bowl first, Pakistan must limit England to 50 runs and then chase the target within two overs or restrict them to 100 runs and pursue it within three overs.
Azam, maintaining an optimistic stance, commented, “Anything can happen in cricket. We will strive to end the tournament on a positive note.” He unveiled the team’s plan to enhance their net run-rate and detailed strategies for the initial 10 overs and beyond. The captain emphasized the importance of key players, such as Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Mohammad Rizwan.
Responding to criticism from former cricketers, Azam remained unfazed, stating, “There is no pressure on me. I’ve been performing and leading the side for the past three years as well.” He urged those providing advice to reach out to him directly and underscored his current focus on the upcoming match, postponing discussions about the future of his captaincy.