Adil Rashid eyes Babar Azam scalp again

Adil Rashid dismissed Pakistan skipper in the final of the 2022 T20 World Cup at the MCG

Adil Rashid eyes Babar Azam scalp again PHOTO: AFP

England's star leg-spinner, Adil Rashid, is geared up to face Pakistan in the upcoming four-match T20I series in May, as part of their preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in June.

Rashid acknowledges Pakistan's strong team and massive fan base in England but asserts that England is fully prepared for the challenge.

“We are fully prepared and ready to face Pakistan team. They are very good team, they got experience and some very explosive players. They always enjoyed big support specially in Birmingham and Leeds so the crowd will be big. We were looking forward to it,” Rashid told a local TV channel.

Rashid particularly enjoys bowling to Pakistani skipper Babar Azam, recognizing him as one of the best batters globally and relishing the opportunity to compete against him once more, aiming to dismiss him again when Pakistan visits England.

“I enjoy bowling to everybody as a bowler you have to be careful against each player. But I especially enjoy bowling to Babar Azam because he's a class player. He is one of the best batters in the world. He’s not only a good player of spin but equally a good player against pacers too. It happens in cricket as it’s the part and parcel of this game and sometimes I might get him out. Hopefully when he comes here, I will try to get him out again,” he said.

England vs Pakistan T20I series:

May 22: First T20I in Leeds (10:30pm PST)

May 25: Second T20I in Birmingham (6:30pm PST)

May 28: Third T20I in Cardiff (10:30pm PST)

May 30: Fourth T20I at The Oval, London (10:30pm PST)