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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has brushed aside criticism that he is too selfish when batting, pointing out that “I am not playing for myself”.
Azam scored a sensational 112 off 108 balls against Afghanistan in a World Cup warm-up match, but Pakistan still ended up losing the match by three wickets.
Azam noted that since Pakistan were losing wickets while he was at the crease, his job was to build partnerships with other batsman while ensuring he didn’t get out.
“I play according to the plan given to me by the team, I am not playing for myself, this isn’t my team, this is Pakistan’s team and I play for it,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “I didn’t play for myself, we were losing wickets and my job was to build partnerships.”
Pakistan’s second World Cup warm-up game will be against Bangladesh in Cardiff on May 26.
They will then begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.