‘They’re both world-class players’: Shaheen Afridi lauds Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan after Ireland series win | Cricket News

May15,2024



New Delhi: Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi Earlier stressed the importance of their upcoming series against England t20 world cup In the United States and West Indies.
Pakistan's recent 2-1 T20I series win over Ireland has boosted their confidence as they continue to prepare and determine the optimal team composition.
Afridi acknowledged the importance of these pre-World Cup matches for Pakistan to improve their performances and address areas that need improvement. He appreciated the partnership between the two countries. Babar Azam And Mohammad Rizwan In the third T20I, he was described as a “world-class player” who understands his role and excels on the pitch.
“For us, it is important to organize these games to prepare ourselves before the World Cup and there are some areas to improve,” Afridi said.
“They are both world-class players (Babar and Rizwan); they know how to play their roles and have done really well on this pitch,” Shaheen said.
Babar's excellent performance, which included four sixes and six fours in his 75 off 42 balls, as well as his partnership with Rizwan eased the pressure on Pakistan during the chase of 179.
Babar noted the strong communication between him and Rizwan, attributing this to their extensive experience playing together and their focus on taking advantage of their strengths while maintaining pace with the required run rate.
“There are a lot of positives for us and we have been able to execute our plans. We have a big tournament coming up and it's good practice; we are now looking forward to the England series,” Babar said.
Following the conclusion of the Ireland series, Pakistan will travel to England for a four-match T20I series, which will serve as their final opportunity to determine their desired team composition ahead of the World Cup. The series will begin on May 22 at Headingley Carnegie and conclude on May 30 at The Oval, London.
(Inputs from ANI)



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