Abid Ali eyes India’s Azharuddin’s record in Test cricket


Karachi: Pakistan’s opener Abid Ali set eyes on breaking India’s Azharuddin’s record of scoring a century each in the first three Tests of career.

Abid is currently standing high with two centuries in his first two Tests against Sri Lanka in the home series, last year. If he scores a century against Bangladesh next month in a home Test, he will be the second batsman in the world to accomplish the milestone. Azhar, former Indian captain, scored three centuries in a row after making his Test debut against England on December 31, 1984.

“My aim is to continue my form and score a century to match the record of Azhar in Test cricket. I am focused and determined to go on the field with a strong mindset,” he said.

The right-handed opener recalled the moment when he attracted the whole cricket fraternity towards him by scoring back-to-back centuries against Sri Lanka. “It took quite a long for me to make Test debut but I am thankful to God that I made the most of a maiden call in the longer format of the game. I didn’t think of such achievements but I was focused to play my game and I succeeded in it,” he said.

Talking about Bangladesh’s Test tour to Pakistan, Abid said that the team is prepared well and looking forward to giving tough to the visitors. “We are prepared well for the challenge. It’s our home ground and we are fully aware of the conditions,” he concluded.

It must be noted here that Bangladesh will play the first Test of the two-matches series from February 7-11 in Rawalpindi. They will come back after PSL 5 in Karachi to play one-off ODI and last Test of the series.