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Saqlain Mushtaq backs Babar Azam ahead of historic Australia series

11:30 AM | 18 Feb, 2022
Saqlain Mushtaq backs Babar Azam ahead of historic Australia series

KARACHI – Pakistan head coach Saqlain Mushtaq Thursday put his weight behind captain Babar Azam ahead of next historic home series against Australia.

“Babar is world’s No 1 player, and he has performed outstandingly for Pakistan,” former Test off-spinner Saqlain told reporters at the National Stadium, Karachi, where the Pakistan Test players have started a training camp under the supervision of Saqlain and batting coach Mohammad Yousuf. 

“I have no doubt about Babar,” Saqlain said. “He’s a world-class player, strong leader, equally good against spin and fast bowlers. He has played lots of knocks for Pakistan and every [cricket] expert in the world talks about him.”

Babar-led Karachi Kings loss eight consecutive Twenty20 in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL). The 2020 champions are out of contention for the playoffs.

 “T20 cricket is all about momentum. All the six teams [in PSL] are very strong, but the team which gets the momentum takes the edge. Unfortunately, Karachi couldn’t get the momentum,” said former off-spinner.

Saqlain was hopeful the home conditions will suit his players against Australia. “They [Australians] play tough cricket,” he said. 

Australian team is visiting Pakistan in 24 years to play three Test matches, three ODIs and a one T20 International. The Aussies are due to arrive on February 27.

The tour starts in Rawalpindi on March 4 with the first Test, followed by Test matches in Karachi and Lahore. All the ODIs and the T20 will be played at Rawalpindi.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal 12 April

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 12, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 12 April 2024

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