The Pakistan national team expressed their delight over the opportunity to interact with the former great Wasim Akram and star batsman Babar Azam. They recently had videoconference calls, including current international and emerging players. There the two players gave insights about how to strategize and approach the game in different conditions.
These were the wide-ranging interactive sessions including preparations for a match to the execution of on-field tactics. They also talked about the significance of hard work and physical fitness. Along with this, they also expressed that patience and temperament are crucial for success at the international level.
Reflecting on the online sessions, Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof said: “It is very important that the players continue to use this time for their development and learn how they can approach the game in an effective manner when normalcy returns. These sessions are a great step in that direction and every player learnt a great deal from them.”
“Wasim Akram, who is one of the greatest players this nation has produced, provided an insight in what made him such a great player and his session was a great inspiration for me and the team to work harder than before. Listening to him about how he led Pakistan in different situations and in pressure was really helpful,” she added.
Maroof shared, “It was also wonderful to hear Babar Azam, who continues to impress the world with his pure skill, on how he prepares for a match and approaches different situations. I am thankful to Wasim Akram and Babar Azam for taking their time out for us and the PCB for providing this great learning opportunity.”
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On the other hand, right-arm medium-fast bowler Aiman Anwar thanked PCB for the interactions with Babar Azam and Wasim Akram. She further shared that she always look forward to learning from the bowling great Wasim Akram. He also gave some useful tips about T20 bowling and also shared about the art of reading a batter’s mind.
Aiman Anwar told, “He shared the experiences of his playing days which will help me grow as a player. I am hopeful my interaction with him will help me emerge as a successful bowler.”
Diana Baig, right-arm medium-fast bowler also said that the session with Akram was really helpful where he shared how to use different variations in bowling. Alongside this, he also shared how to handle pressure and maintain fitness as a fast bowler as well.
Muneeba Ali, the Pakistan opener shared: “Our session with Babar Azam turned out to be beneficial for me as Babar shared his mind set with us along with his training regimes. This session helped me in understanding that how a world number one batsman operates in pressure situations. I look forward to implement what I have learned when normalcy returns. I thank Babar for taking his time and the PCB for arranging these sessions for us.”
Middle-order batter Iram Javed also added, “I was very excited for our session with Babar Azam. It was a wonderful session in which I got to learn a lot. He shared experiences of handling pressure as a captain and as a player. It was good to hear about how he sets his goals and works to achieve them. I look forward to implement what I have learned from him in my game.”