Pakistan vs West Indies
Babar Azam lavishes praise on Fawad Alam
Statesman Report
LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team skipper Babar Azam Saturday expressed hope that his team will steer out of trouble and will meet the targets set for the second day of the Test match. Babar Azam said, “We will achieve the targets as Muhammed Rizwan and Faheem Ashraf are still present on the crease.” “We aim to set a target between 300 to 350 runs in the first innings,” added the 26-year-old right-hand batsman.  The skipper said that at the very outset of the game, the pitch was favouring bowlers at the Sabina Park, adding, however, Fawad Alam held out his full support following the fall of three early wickets. Babar Azam said, “Both of us [I and Fawad Alam] decided that it was vital to stay on the crease for long.” “I told Fawad Alam that we will have to strike a long-term partnership to steer the team out of trouble.” “So we set out targets session after session while eyeing to score 300 to 350 runs in the first innings,” he added. Azam said he was striving hard to improve his performance in the long format of the game. He expressed happiness over his hard work bearing fruit. The skipper also lavished praise on teammate Fawad Alam, saying other cricketers should learn from the way he performs in difficult times. “Fawad Alam is in excellent form and he is playing marvellous cricket,” he said.