Pakistan captain Babar Azam subtly warned Virat Kohli and all other captains, before the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
UAE had been the Pakistan Cricket team’s adopted home ground for years, it was like an event at home for them. Pakistan played many home matches after other teams decided not to tour the country.
ICC T20 World cup was initially scheduled to be hosted by India. Nonetheless, they assigned the tournament to the UAE and Oman later due to covid reasons.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam said on ICC’s official website:
“For Pakistan, the T20 World Cup is like a home event as the UAE has been our venue for more than a decade. We have not only nurtured our talent and developed our side in the UAE but have also beaten the top sides in these conditions to peak to No. 1 in the ICC T20I team rankings. All the players are excited, motivated, and enthusiastic, and view this tournament as an opportunity to showcase our prowess and re-establish our superiority in the shortest format of the game in conditions that suit us best.“
Babar Azam’s team will play their first match against India
Azam and the team will face a tough test in their opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 against Team India.
Considering the records, India has never lost to Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup. India defeated Pakistan in all its matches during the Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates. It should come as no surprise that India will win the tournament opener.