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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has revealed that Babar Azam’s role at the World Cup will revolve around making big scores.
Arthur holds Azam in high regard and believes that the 24-year-old “has the ability to be as good as anyone in the world”.
With Pakistan beginning their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31, Arthur admitted that the national team will be banking on Azam to have a major impact with the bat.
“Babar has a specific role in the team, we have some serious batsmen in our team but Babar Azam has the ability to be as good as anyone in the world,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “If he’s getting us a hundred, we are comfortable that we have the batsmen around him to get 300 to 320.”
That being said, Arthur also conceded that Azam needs to up his strike rate as Pakistan cannot afford to waste deliveries during the World Cup.
“Babar plays a key role for us,” he said. “Over the last two years, his strike-rate is around 80 and he knows he needs to increase that, as do some of the other batsmen and we’ve spoken about that.”