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Pakistan’s white-ball head coach Gary Kirsten aims to ‘take pressure off’ Babar Azam

Pakistan’s newly appointed white-ball head coach Gary Kirsten wants to take the burden of taking the team over the line from the shoulders of Babar Azam.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Kirsten mentioned that there is a need to create an environment within the group so that Babar can play as freely as he did during his 75-run knock against Ireland at Castle Avenue in Dublin in the T20I series decider.

“(The dependence on Babar) It is not fair on any player. He shouldn’t feel like he has to be contributing all the time to a team. I’ve been in touch with Babar. He’s done remarkably well and carries a lot of the weight of the team on his shoulders. What we will try to do as a coaching staff is to lift that a little bit and to realise he’s just one of a whole group of players and that he can free himself up to play with his natural talent,” Kirsten said.

“Hopefully we see a lot more of that (Babar’s knock against Ireland in the third T20I) kind of knock from him. I think if we can unlock that freedom, and understand that there’s a big group of guys that can make match-winning contributions, especially in T20 cricket, that’ll take a lot of pressure off him.”

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