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‘PM Imran Khan spoke to the team about the 1992 World Cup Victory’: Babar Azam

Azam said Imran motivated the team by sharing the 1992 World Cup experience with the players

Babar Azam
Babar Azam ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan are set to take on India in the 20-20 World Cup on Sunday (October 24) at the Dubai International Stadium. Ahead of the mouthwatering clash, skipper Babar Azam revealed that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had shared his experience of the1992 World Cup campaign with the team before they flew for UAE. Imran-led team scripted history in 1992, defying all odds and beating England in the finals to win their maiden 50-over World Cup.

At one stage of the global event, Pakistan were down and out and needed to win all their matches to enter the finals. Imran along with the bunch of determined players channelized their inner energy and turned around the campaign.

“Before coming, we had a meeting and in that he (Imran) had shared his experience, about what was his mindset in the 1992 World Cup, what was his and the team’s body language,” Babar said on the eve of his team’s clash against arch-rivals India.

Azam also revealed that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja has asked the team to stay calm and keep things simple during the global event. “Look, the chairman told us, ‘the calmer you keep yourself and the more you keep things simple that will be better. Let the outside things remain outside, and they should not come inside. Keep belief in yourself, and give your hundred percent on the day’,” added 27-year-old Babar.

Pakistan have not beaten India in the previous five attempts in the 20-20 World Cups. The pressure of beating India will be huge on Pakistan but Azam played down it and said the conditions in the UAE will favour his team.

“We know the conditions really well,” Pakistan captain Babar Azam told a pre-tournament news conference. “We know how the wicket will behave and the adjustments batters will have to make.

“On the day whoever plays the better cricket, wins the match. If you ask me, we will win.”

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