Babar Azam has no intention of relinquishing Pakistan’s captaincy despite overseeing the first 3-0 win in the Home Test series, saying that leading the team is “a matter of honor”. Pakistan lost to England on Tuesday in the third and final Test in Karachi by eight points, after losing the first two with 74 runs in Rawalpindi and 26 in Multan.
It is also the first time Pakistan has lost four Sprint Tests, after being beaten by Australia in Lahore in March. When asked if he would give up the captaincy to focus on hitting the ball, Azam said in a press conference that he still enjoys the challenge.
“The position of captain is a matter of honor for me. I will do whatever is best for my country and for myself,” he said. “I like it better when under pressure and it doesn’t affect my hitting the ball.”
But Azam admitted his disappointment with the series’ results. Azam, who suffered a sixth defeat in 16 Tests as captain, said: “We cannot apply ourselves in this series.
“I prioritize Pakistan first and the rest after. So my motives and goals are paramount,” he said.
He also backed the players and team management, saying he believes they will bounce back. “I’ll protect the other players as captain. I’ll take that role… I’ll be there for the others.”
But he urged his teammates to take up the challenge. “The coaches give us a plan and we have to execute that plan. It’s for the players to move forward,” he said.
However, Azam regretted the injury loss of key pitchers – namely Shaheen Shah Afridi, who missed every game of the series, and Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, who was out of the last two. He said: “We were unfortunate that our main fast pitchers weren’t right and the new players we played couldn’t perform the way we wanted.
Pakistan next faces New Zealand in two Tests, with the first in Karachi starting on December 26.
(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from an aggregated feed.)
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