T20 World Cup 2021: Babar Azam names two players who would succeed in the tournament

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam has named a couple of cricketers who could have a memorable outing in the upcoming 2021 T20 World Cup in Oman and UAE. The Super 12s of the tournament will begin on October 23 with South Africa and Australia’s clash in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking in a virtual media meet organized by the ICC on Saturday (October 16), Babar picked New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and his teammate Hasan Ali to be impactful in the tournament.

“Kane Williamson as batter and Hasan Ali will be the bowler who would have a successful T20 World Cup 2021,” Babar said ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021.

Babar also spoke on Pakistan’s preparation for the tournament and he feels they will put on a good fight in the tournament considering their experience of playing in UAE in past.

“We have played a lot of cricket UAE and the conditions suit us and we have to be best in all departments,” he said.

The 27-year-old further added that playing for Pakistan is an honour for him and he’s up for the new challenge. “Representing my country is an honour for me and I feel proud to sit here as the captain. It is a new challenge and I believe we will do better.

“Definitely good performances give you confidence. And it’s good to know that I am in good form before the World Cup and I just need to be confident,” he added.

On Shoaib Malik’s inclusion in the squad as the replacement for injured Sohaib Maqsood, Babar said, “Ya definitely he (Shoaib) is one of the fittest guys and he has huge experience but let see how things pan out.”

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka, who was also present at the meet, picked India opening batter Rohit Sharma and Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan to have a successful T20 World Cup.