Kolkata: Pakistan cricket National team’s director, Mickey Arthur, has stated that he fully supports Babar Azam, expressing confidence in his capabilities as a captain.
During a press conference after the defeat against England, Mickey Arthur said, “We were a real tight-knit unit. I get behind Babar. Babar is very, very close to me. He’s a young guy that needs to be taken on the journey with. He needs to be shown the ropes. He’s still learning all the time. We know he’s a very, very fine batsman. He learns every day with his captaincy. He’s growing and we have to allow him the time to go.”
He emphasized that the team did not play good cricket, and he didn’t think that with this performance, they could have reached the semi-finals. He stressed the need to provide players with opportunities consistently. The team did not perform well in bowling, and the injury to Naseem Shah caused significant damage to their bowling.
Arthur mentioned that he would face whatever comes his way when he goes to Pakistan. He expressed his love for the Pakistani cricket team and clarified that he doesn’t instruct players to play aggressive cricket only; they emphasize aggression even in the nets.
The director of the national cricket team further stated that they concluded the match against Bangladesh well, and the teams playing in the semi-finals are there due to their net run rate.