Karachi, January 25
Babar Azam will make his Test captaincy debut tomorrow against a tough South Africa team that is touring Pakistan for the first time in more than 13 years.
Azam has recovered from a thumb injury that kept him out of the two-Test series in New Zealand, which Pakistan lost 2-0.
“I missed the series against New Zealand, but it’s a proud moment for me that I am doing my captaincy debut in my own country,” Azam said. “South Africa is a good team. You can’t take them lightly, but conditions suit us more because most of us have played here.”
South Africa last toured Pakistan in 2007 because the country was forced to organise its “home” Test series in the United Arab Emirates following a terrorist attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009.
Azam was well aware of Pakistan’s poor Test record against South Africa, winning only four of 26 against the Proteas. One of Pakistan’s 15 losses came at the National Stadium – the venue for the first Test – when South Africa toured in 2007. “We should not think about past, we should focus on what’s ahead of us,” Azam said. “It’s a fact that we don’t have a good record against them, but we have prepared well and we hope to give our best against them this time.” — AP