Babar said that he is delighted to be leading Karachi Kings as captain and hopes to do well alongside his deputy Imad Wasim
Karachi Kings, under the new leadership of Babar Azam, is aiming to outperform themselves in the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Talking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, Babar said that he is delighted to be leading Karachi Kings as captain and hopes to do well alongside his deputy Imad Wasim.
"I will like to thank God almighty because this will be the first time I'll be captaining a franchise. The preparations are ongoing and things are going according to plan. There is no rift with Imad - we have been playing for Karachi for the past five years and also featured in a number of international matches. We are on the same wavelength and his opinion is still very important as he is the vice-captain," said Babar.
Babar, however, claimed that there has been no change in his attitude off the field.
"There has been no change in the way I carry myself off-the-field. The only thing I'm doing more off-the-field is to ensure how I can buck up the players and get their best performances on the stage and help Pakistan," he explained.
Babar Azam talked about starting an early camp and how it can have a good effect on the tournament you are prepping for.
"Of course if you start the camp early then that allows you additional time to get back into match fitness. We set up the training camp and did preparations. Additionally, we also played a practice match which Mohammad Nabi was also part of."
"The tournament hasn't started but our hopes are high. One should always hope for the best and sometimes things naturally happen for you. The only thing which is in our hands is effort and we plan on putting in the maximum effort."
The ICC recently announced the awards to commemorate the performances from 2021. Azam was not only named as the ODI Cricketer of the Year but he was also included in ODI and T20I Team of the Year as captain as well.
"It is not only an honour for me but for Pakistan as well. The ICC deemed me worthy of becoming a captain for both their limited-over team of the year, it is something that I don't take lightly. I will try to stick to my strengths as captain and hopefully I will be able to perform well with Karachi Kings too."
The Covid-19 situation is continuing to deteriorate in Pakistan, speaking about the alarming rise in cases, Babar said: "Since the cases are increasing day by day, I think PCB took a good step to book the entire hotel which will only comprise of players, management, and staff members. This will give a boost to the players. It has almost been three years since we have been living in a bio-bubble; we try to keep ourselves engaged by moving into different rooms and talking to them."
Responding to the question on which franchise will give Karachi Kings the toughest time, Babar said: "All teams look strong on paper and you cannot judge much before the start of the tournament. We will have to wait for the tournament to start and see how each team stacks up against the odds."