For Me, Bowling To Babar Azam And A Tailender Is The Same: Amir

For Me, Bowling To Babar Azam And A Tailender Is The Same: Amir
Pacer Mohammad Amir on Tuesday downplayed the hype surrounding his and skipper Babar Azam's faceoff at the second match of the Pakistan Super League's 8th edition, in Karachi.

Amir’s Karachi Kings is set to test its mettle against Babar’s Peshawar Zalmi on Tuesday.

“These kinds of matchups and player rivalries keep players on their toes,” the star player told ARY News.

“I personally like these sort of challenges because it keeps me focused,” he said and added, “My job is to take wickets and win matches for my team, so for me, facing Babar or a tailender batting at number 10 will be the same.”

Meanwhile, Azam seemed to second the pacer, saying, “Competition is always good for the league. Not only Karachi, but every team has good quality local bowlers. That is why all foreigners play this league because it is a quality league. When I play against any quality bowler, I stick to my basics.”

In the first showdown of the league, an incredible bowling by Lahore Qalandars’ pacers allowed the team to put up a strong defence of their title and secure a one-run win over Multan Sultans, in Multan.

Quetta Gladiators begin their campaign in Multan on February 15 and Islamabad United play their first match of the season on February 16 in Karachi.

The remaining matches will be hosted by Lahore and Rawalpindi. Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, Pakistan’s home of cricket, will host the four playoffs and the final, besides five league stage games and Rawalpindi will stage 11 matches.

The final match of PSL 8 will be held on March 19 at the Gaddafi Stadium. The winner will not only grab the Supernova Trophy but will also collect a cheque of Rs120 million, while a cheque of Rs48 million will be awarded to the runners-up.

All six franchises have won the PSL title at least once, which indicates a higher level of competition in the tournament.