Pakistan Skipper Babar Azam Explains Shock Declaration Call Against New Zealand In Karachi Test


captain Babar Azam Explained the thinking behind Pakistan’s shock announcement late on the fifth day of the Karachi Test against New Zealand on Friday. Pakistan declared late on day five with just 15 overs to play, giving New Zealand a target of 138 runs. With this condolence announcement the Test match started and the visitors started all guns blazing to chase the target. However, the game had to be stopped early due to bad light interference in the eighth over. Pakistan managed to take just one wicket before the Test was drawn, but Babar said they wanted to take a “chance”.

Saud Shakeel Was midway through his half-century and was a bit taken aback by the captain’s shock call.

“We said we will go after the result,” Babar said after the match.

“We took a chance, you never know. It’s cricket. Anything can happen. Soud and [Mohammad] Wasim Jr’s partnership was important for us as it brought us into the game. That put the idea in my head that we could announce. You all enjoyed it and it surprised everyone. It was in our mind that we would take a chance because anything can happen,” added Babar Azam.

Pakistan couldn’t get the wickets they wanted after making the call. New Zealand, however, took the bait of some quick runs and threatened to chase down the target before poor light hampered play.

“Sometimes you have to take bold decisions and take chances. As a team and captain, I try to do that. You plan for the result, even though you can’t guarantee it,” Babar said.

Pakistan finished the year winless in home Tests to avoid a fifth successive defeat at home in Karachi, but the skipper credited New Zealand for dominating Tests.

“It’s not that we have to play different cricket. We have to take it session by session every day. We have to be positive and play with aggression. We are working on it. Everyone’s game and mentality is different. We have to look at the way New Zealand played and dominated. Credit must be given,” said Babar.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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