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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam is set to be the national team’s back-up wicketkeeper in case anything happens to captain Sarfraz Ahmed, according to sources.
It is understood that Azam is a decent wicketkeeper as all three of his cousins – Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Adnan Akmal – have kept for Pakistan in the past.
Azam initially started his domestic career as a wicketkeeper before focusing on becoming a specialist batsman.
However, in addition to Azam, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have decided to keep wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan in England as a back-up keeper as well.
Pakistan will play two World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.
They will then begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.