Online sessions helped boost player confidence: Babar Azam

LAHORE: Pakistan hitter Babar Azam on Sunday he praised the Pakistan Cricket Board 's ( printed circuit board ) online sessions and termed them as the confidence booster for players.

The online sessions were very rewarding, wonderful and have helped to increase the confidence of the players. Since the beginning of my career I have tried to model my game and look for inspiration in Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan Azam said in a statement.

The series of online sessions of cricket greats with current and emerging red and white-ball cricketers aim to help them remain focused and make optimum use of their time in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown ended on Saturday.

The lectures began on April 27 and lasted two weeks; they were conducted by the legends of Pakistan cricket who won international acclaim with their consistent performances.

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thelistofcricketerswhodeliveredthelecturesincludedjavedmiandad,wasimakram,rashidlatif,mushtaqahmed,mohammadyousuf,moinkhan,younuskhanandshoaibakhtar.

"listeningtothemhasfurtherincreasedmyconfidenceandican'twaittoputinpracticethetipstheygaveduringthelectures.ifthelockdownprevailsforlong,iwouldstrivetostayincontactwiththeseplayersandseektheirguidanceonalongtermbasis,"thebatsmanadded.

thegreatsofpakistanandworldcricketspokeatlengthabouttheircricketingjourneyandgavesomeveryusefultipstopakistan'scurrentandemergingplayers.batting,fastandspinbowlingandwicketkeepingdepartmentswerewidelycoveredbyplayerswhoallspokeabouttheirrelevantspecialisationsinthelectures.

pakistanheadcoachandchiefselectormisbah-ul-haqthankedallthefacultyforsharingtheirvaluableexperience.

"iamthankfultoallthegreatswhotooktimeoutandspoketotheplayers.theselectureshaveproventobeawonderfulexperiencefortheplayersespeciallyintheseunprecedentedandchallengingtimes,"hesaid.

theystressedontheimportanceofdiscipline,temperament,hardworkandconfidenceastheycollectivelycalledthesefactors,crucialtothedevelopmentandsuccessofaninternationalcricketer.

atotalof45currentandemergingplayerstookpartinthelectures.

"iconsidermyselffortunatetobelongtoacitywhichisfamousforproducingtop-notchwicketkeepers,includingrashidlatifandmoinkhan.sinceialsoliveinkarachi,ikeepinteractingwithbothfromtimetotimeyeteachandeverysessionwiththesegreatsprovidessomevaluablelessonsandtheselectureswerenodifferent,"formercaptainandwicketkeeper-batsmansarfarazahmedsaid.

"moinkhanandrashidlatifimprovedmyconfidence; tips by these wicketkeeping greats are very useful for me," he added.

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