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Babar credits team effort to whitewash Netherlands

LAHORE: Captain Babar Azam has said that the whitewash against the Netherlands cricket team was made possible through team effort.

In a video message to Pakistan Cricket, he said the conditions were tough in the Netherlands with early moisture in the pitch and swinging conditions, adding that the bowlers made good use of the conditions and helped the team to clinch the series 3-0.
“The plan was to build long partnerships and post a good total to put the opposition under pressure”, the ODI and T20 top batsman said, adding that the batsmen had done well under testing playing conditions.
Hailing the KNCB, Babar said the Netherlands cricket team had put up a good opposition and gave rough time, adding that the efforts of the KNCB will augur well for cricket in the Netherlands. He said the home side did especially well in the fielding department besides batting and bowling.
Babar made a special mention of the Pakistan cricket fans who had travelled from all parts of Europe to support Pakistan team at VoC cricket club Rotterdam, adding that the team loved their vibrant presence at the ground.

Meanwhile, the 22-year old Mohammad Hasnain has been named as replacement for the injured fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming Asia Cup T20 tournament to be played in the UAE from 27 August to 11 September.

The fast bowler has represented Pakistan in 18 T20Is in which he has taken 17 wickets.

Hasnain will join the side from the United Kingdom, where he is representing Oval Invincibles in The Hundred competition.

Meanwhile, the other members of the squad: Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir will leave for Dubai from Lahore in the wee hours of Tuesday.

They will replace Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Salman Ali Agha and Zahid Mehmood, who were part of the 16-member ODI squad against the Netherlands.

Pakistan will take on India in their opener in Dubai on Sunday, 28 August, while their second Group A fixture will be against a qualifier (UAE, Kuwait, Singapore or Hong Kong) in Sharjah on Friday, 2 September. The Super Four matches will be played on 3-9 September.

Pakistan squad for ACC T20 Asia Cup 22:

Babar Azam (captain) (Central Punjab),

Shadab Khan (vice-captain) (Northern),

Asif Ali (Northern),

Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa),

Haider Ali (Northern),

Haris Rauf (Northern),

Iftikhar Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa),

Khushdil Shah (Southern Punjab),

Mohammad Hasnain (Sindh),

Mohammad Nawaz (Northern),

Mohammad Rizwan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa),

Mohammad Wasim Jr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa),

Naseem Shah (Southern Punjab),

Shahnawaz Dahani (Sindh),

Usman Qadir (Central Punjab). | YouTube Channel


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.