T20 World Cup 2021: “Beating India will be a big boost,” Babar Azam says Pakistan have advantage in Dubai

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is confident of their good outing in the upcoming 2021 T20 World Cup in United Arab Emirates (UAE). He called UAE their second home where Pakistan have played a lot of cricket in the past.

Babar and co will kick-off their T20 World Cup campaign by facing India in Dubai on October 24.

Pakistan haven’t won a game against India in the World Cup encounters so far and the Pakistan captain said if the team manages to win against the Men in Blue this time, it could give them a big boost for the rest of the tournament.

“The side that will execute their plans better and cash in on most of the opportunities will come out the winner,” Babar said during a press meet ahead of the seven T20 Internationals against England and New Zealand.

“I know my team is oozing with confidence and looking forward to the 24 October match. The seven T20Is against New Zealand and England will be crucial for us as we will like to win most of them so that we can carry that winning confidence and momentum to Dubai,” said Babar.

Pakistan have a good record in Dubai and Babar feels they will have the advantage at this venue. “UAE is like our second home and we have won many T20 matches there and also became number one world side. So, yes, this is an added advantage and will give further motivation and confidence to our players.”

The 26-year-old stated that they would be aiming to win the tournament and a win against India would only give them a push towards their objective.

“Look the main objective is to win the World T20 Cup and obviously if we can make a winning start against a team like India then it will be a big boost for us in the rest of the tournament.”

Pakistan are set to face New Zealand and England at home for the T20I series. They will play seven T20Is before going into the World Cup which will be important in their preparation.

“Our preparations have been very good for the mega event and the seven matches we play against New Zealand and England will be a big help before the mega-event,” he said.