Pakistan National Cricket Team captain Babar Azam has opened up on the rumours of not being consulted while the selection of the ODI squad probables for the upcoming series against the New Zealand National Cricket Team.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recently underwent major changes with the arrival of a new chairman – Najam Sethi – and a new interim chief of the Men’s Selection Committee – Shahid Afridi.
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The new selection committee added a few players to the already-announced Test squad for the ongoing series against New Zealand. Also, the selection committee announced the ODI squad probables for the series against the Kiwis.
Meanwhile, Babar Azam was reportedly left disappointed after the selection committee announced the ODI squad probables as he and coach Saqlain Mushtaq were not consulted before the announcement.
At a press conference, Pakistan National Cricket Team captain Babar Azam was asked if he was indeed not consulted while the selection. He replied:
“I don’t think it’s the right time to talk about it. When the ODIs will start, we will see.”
Watch Babar Azam’s Response Here (3:10):
Our focus is on the series against New Zealand, not on what’s going on outside – Babar Azam
Babar Azam was also questioned if the recent changes in the board have impacted the dressing room environment. He replied that the job of the players is to perform well for the country and their entire focus is on the series against the Black Caps and not on the things happening in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“With all that’s happening, we are trying to not let it affect the team. Our job is to play and perform. Our focus is on the series against New Zealand, not on what’s going on outside the team. If we start focussing on outside things, our performance will go down,” said Babar.
The second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played from January 2 in Karachi. Then, the teams will be involved in a three-match ODI series on January 9, 11 and 13.