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Babar: If you ask me, we'll win against India





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Pakistan captain Babar Azam is confident that the men in green will defeat arch-rivals India in their T20 World Cup opener, which is set to begin on October 17 in UAE and Oman.

Babar said the Pakistan cricket team is familiar with the conditions in UAE and having played in the venues for the past three-four years will boost them confidence.

"We've been playing cricket in UAE for the past 3-4 years and we know the conditions really well," Azam was quoted as saying by the ICC.

"We know how the wicket will behave and the adjustments batters will have to make. On the day who plays the better cricket, wins the match. If you ask me, we will win," he said..

Pakistan are going to play with a bunch of young cricketers but there is also experience members in their 15-man squad, with senior players like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez included. Azam believes the mix of youth and experience would be key.

"All the players have entered the side after a good domestic performance. We have a lot to learn from the senior players in the side because they have so much experience, they have played the World Cup and leagues before. 7-8 players in our squad have also played the Champions Trophy before which brings out different confidence," he added.

Pakistan will take on India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24. Pakistan have played six T20Is at the venue and remained undefeated.