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Waqar opens about impact of Babar’s absence on Pakistan team


Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis believes that the absence of captain Babar Azam will be a ‘major setback’ for the visiting team ahead of their three-match T20I series against New Zealand.

The right-handed batsman suffered a thumb
fracture while training which ruled him for the T20I series against the Black
Caps.

Waqar was quoted in a report by Cricket Pakistan where he admitted that the absence of the skipper will be a ‘major setback’ for the Men in Green.

“It is a major setback for us,” he said. “Other
teams are scared of Babar Azam and there is no doubt that he is one of the best
players in the world. It is unfortunate that it [injury] happened at the wrong
time, just at the stroke of the series starting. But at the same time, it is
also an opportunity for other players to step up, especially the youngsters, as
they will get more chances.”

The three-match T20I series will start from
December 18 which will be followed by a two-Test series, starting from December
26.

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