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Pakistan captain Babar Azam said on Monday that he hopes a seven-match streak against England that begins in Karachi this week will help him return to his best scoring form, following a mild Asian Cup earlier this month. The 27-year-old had just 68 runs in six matches in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan finished second to Sri Lanka. England are on their first tour to Pakistan in 17 years, in a series of games seen as part of preparations for next month’s Twenty20 Men’s World Cup in Australia. “I hope to return to my best form in this series … and it would be nice if it comes before the World Cup,” Azam told reporters on Monday.
The neat update saw Azam disqualified as the world’s highest rated T20I table tennis player, after dominating the leaderboard for 1,155 days, ceding the title to his opening partner. he was Mohammad Rizwan last week.
Azam, Pakistan’s top T20I runner with 2,754 runs in 80 matches, said he keeps things simple while hitting the ball. “I rarely think about failures when going through a bad patch,” says Azam. “As a pitcher, your focus is on doing your best to get back in shape and it would be great to do that before the World Cup.”
Azam was the top scorer in last year’s Twenty20 World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates, with 303 runs in a tournament where Pakistan was eliminated in the semi-finals. zam said the England series was a “big occasion”.
“Obviously they’ve come to Pakistan after 17 years so it’s a big series and will help us build us towards the World Cup so all the players will take advantage of this,” he said. The matches will be held in Karachi (September 22, 23, 25) and in Lahore (September 28, 30 and October 2).
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