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Babar Azam’s Warning to India: Ready for Pakistan’s Premier Pacers in Asia Cup

On the eve of one of cricket's most thrilling rivalries, Pakistan's skipper, Babar Azam, issued a friendly warning to India: be prepared to face Pakistan's "best" bowling line-up.


The arch-rivals are all set to lock horns in the Super 4 match of the Asia Cup 2023 tomorrow in Colombo. So far, Pakistan's journey in the tournament has seen them playing once in Sri Lanka, and twice back home.


"Fast bowlers are match-winners. They have the power to tilt tournaments in our favour," Babar confidently said during a press meet in Colombo. He expressed pride in his team's pacers, emphasising their mutual trust and self-belief as the backbone of their recent successes.


While discussing the tournament, Babar highlighted the challenges posed by frequent travel. "The constant travel can be draining. Although its effects aren’t felt during the games, it's crucial for us to ensure our players remain in top form," he stated.


Prior to the Asia Cup's commencement on August 30, the team was in Sri Lanka playing a series against Afghanistan. Post that, they journeyed back to Pakistan, marking their presence in an opener against Nepal in Multan. Their subsequent travels took them to Sri Lanka and then Lahore, for matches against India and Bangladesh respectively. Now, they're back in Colombo, gearing up for another face-off against India.


Babar remains optimistic about tomorrow's weather conditions, hoping for a full game. "The sun's out in full glory today, hinting at a rain-free match tomorrow," he observed.


On the team's current performance, Babar commented, "Our bowlers have given us a solid start, and our middle order is stepping up. While we aim to claim more wickets during the middle overs, our finishers have been doing their job right."


He further revealed their strategy behind including fast bowler Faheem Ashraf against Bangladesh, emphasising their flexible team combinations. "We have a clear vision of our playing XI. We're not just focused on the Asia Cup; we're also using it to finalise our squad for the World Cup," Babar added.


Babar concluded by stressing that team selection aims at enhancing team performance, and players chosen would undoubtedly be the best fit.


Upcoming Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 Matches:


  • Sept 9: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh, 2:30 pm (PST)
  • Sept 10: Pakistan vs India, 2:30 pm (PST)
  • Sept 12: India vs Sri Lanka, 2:30 pm (PST)
  • Sept 14: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2:30 pm (PST)
  • Sept 15: India vs Bangladesh, 2:30 pm (PST)


Asia Cup 2023 Grand Finale:


  • Sept 17, Colombo at 2:30 pm (PST)
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