Pakistan captain, Babar Azam, set the tone for his team’s ambitions, making it clear that their goal is to secure victory in the 2023 World Cup and not settle for a top-four finish.
During the pre-departure conference for the World Cup 2023 on Tuesday in Lahore, Babar was asked about whether they are envisioning finishing in the top-four of the mega-event.
To which skipper Babar replied, “The top-four is a small goal for us. We want to come out as winners. We did not have enough time to put together a camp before the World Cup because we had been playing for too long continuously. We wanted to give the players a break so they come back refreshed and with the hunger to win. You play well when you have that hunger.”
Acknowledging the honor of representing Pakistan at the World Cup, even though they haven’t played in India previously, the 28-year-old conveyed that the team isn’t burdened by excessive pressure.
“All of us are proud of travelling for the World Cup. Although we have not played in India before, we are not taking too much pressure. We have done our research and we have heard the conditions are similar to how they play out in other Asian countries. It is quite an honour for me to travel as the captain this time around, I hope we come back with a trophy this time,” he concluded.