LAHORE: Babar Azam, world’s number-one batter in white-ball cricket and Pakistan’s all-format captain, has an enormous fan following around the globe. Former Pakistan U19 captain Qasim Akram can be one among Babar’s admirers and needs to observe in his footsteps in order that he can even make a significant impression within the sport.
“I idolise Babar Azam as a batter,” Qasim informed PCB web site, including: “He is an articulate batter and I want to be the next Babar Azam of this world.”
Qasim additionally hails from his idol’s hometown in Lahore, the place his father works in a pre-loved clothes store. After captaining Pakistan within the West Indies event, he has remained Babar’s teammate in Central Punjab and HBL PSL franchise Karachi Kings.
“It was an unforgettable experience for me to have such a great mind around. I have learnt from him how to build an innings, play cover-drives and improve pull-shots.”
The 19-year outdated scored 203 runs and took 10 wickets in six matches of the ICC U19 World Cup 2022. While representing Central Punjab within the National T20 2021-22, he took 11 wickets. Qasim scored a half-century within the HBL PSL 2022 for Karachi Kings, whereas within the Pakistan Cup 2021-22, he scored 285 runs and grabbed 10 wickets from 10 outings.
“Babar has performed wherever he has played and I regularly follow his batting skills. So, I feel fortunate enough to share the dressing room with him. As a world number-one batter, he has set such high standards in Pakistan cricket that I would like to meet.”
The middle-order batter and off-spinner can be amongst 107 gamers who’re a part of the PCB Pathways Programme. The four-week camp for the gamers’ is prone to begin within the second week of June in Muridke, which is consistent with PCB’s technique to put money into younger gamers.
“PCB Pathways Programme is a great initiative where the young cricketers will receive a stipend of PKR30,000 per month and also earn 100 per cent educational scholarship, which will not only help them but also their families,” Qasim stated.
Qasim, along with his off-spin bowling, has to this point picked 14 wickets from 9 first-class matches and is hoping to extend his profession like Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik.
“I follow how Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez have extended their careers as all-rounders. I am presently working to improve my off-spin skills.”