LAHORE: Pakistan Check captain Azhar Ali on Tuesday stated although he has many inexperienced gamers within the facet, they’re extraordinarily gifted and exhibiting lot of promise and can absolutely give powerful time to England within the three-Check collection ranging from Wednesday at Previous Trafford in Manchester.
Whereas asserting 16 probables for the primary Check in a presser held by way of video-link, Azhar replying to a query concerning uncommon taking part in situations owing to Covid-19, stated: “Despite the challenging Covid-19 situation, all players are excited for the series with a positive frame of mind. The players have taken the situation in their stride and as Muslims are prepared to face it. We love cricket and we are going to play good cricket for which credit goes to both ECB and the PCB for arranging the series under these extraordinary circumstances.”
Talking about lack of expertise amongst his gamers, Azhar stated: “As a cricketer it’s important to meet powerful challenges. Sure we have now some inexperienced bowlers and batsmen within the facet, however they’ve large expertise and are proving their mettle. As cricketers it’s important to take a look at optimistic issues and our final two collection have been excellent right here in England. So that’s the motivating pressure for us. We’ll carry additional enchancment in these performances.
“In batting, we have experienced batsmen like me, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood and promising Abid Ali and we will go in with a strategy to give tough time to the opposition,” stated Azhar. “And similarly, promising, young fast bowlers like Nasim Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi are improving a lot with every day.”
Azhar, who has performed 78 Checks and wishes simply 81 runs to finish 6,000 runs in Check cricket, has confined himself to Check cricket after retiring from One-day Worldwide cricket three years in the past.
MANCHESTER: Pakistan captain Azhar Ali speaks throughout a web-based media convention at Previous Trafford on Tuesday.—PCB
“We have done our best preparations for the Test series as the boys put in good hard work, both in Worcester and later in Derby, and now the task ahead is to translate that hard work into the Tests,” he stated.
To a query Azhar stated that each openers Shan Masood and Abid Ali proved to be one of the best opening pair within the final dwelling collection and they’d open within the first Check as effectively. “Though Imam-ul-Haq, as third available opener, has also been doing a lot of hard work and is improving but at the moment he has to wait in the wings.”
Requested if the skilled teaching workers of the Pakistan group had tried to impose their selections on him as captain in anyway, Azhar stated: “No. I am quite comfortable working with the coaches. They are trying to solve players’ problems by giving good guidelines and coaching.”
Azhar additionally admitted that his personal efficiency lacked consistency however vowed to do his greatest to beat that with good scores within the collection.
“My performance has not been consistent and as a top player I am not happy with it. But I am working hard and that should pay off,” stated Azharwho has led Pakistan in solely 5 Check matches, with one victory, three defeats and a drawn sport beneath his belt.
“It is an important series and I and Asad Shafiq fully realise that being the most experienced batsmen, we have to perform.”
Azhar noticed that the final collection between England and the West Indies proved that the function of spinners was fairly very important and if Pakistan’s batsmen set an excellent whole on the board, Pakistan had good bowling sources in each spin and quick bowling to defend it.
“Yasir Shah is our match winner and as spinner his role is very important. After watching the playing conditions, we will decide either to go with one or two spinners,” he stated.
Printed in Daybreak, August fifth, 2020