Azhar Ali backs Pakistan’s new domestic structure

Azhar Ali backs new domestic structure

Pakistan’s experienced batsman, Azhar Ali has hailed Pakistan Cricket Board’s decision of revamping domestic structure and believes that players will have to be at their best during the season.

The PCB has completely ended the role of departments in the domestic cricket and there will be six regional teams competing in the First-Class season.

“The new structure of domestic cricket is a good step from the PCB,” he said while talking to the media in Lahore on Thursday. “Players will have to perform well in this [domestic] system.”

Azhar Ali has recently joined the pre-season conditioning camp at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore after having a successful county season in England with Somerset.

There have been rumours about stripping Test and ODI captaincy off Sarfraz Ahmed, though nothing has been finalized yet. The 34-year-old said that he has not asked about Test captaincy so far and he has not thought of taking back his retirement from ODIs as well.

He backed his senior partner Asad Shafiq and said that they have to fill the big shoes of the legendary duo of Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan.

“Any team can struggle after retirement of two senior players,” he said. “We will try to fill the vacuum created by Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan’s departure.”

The seasoned batsman is hopeful that the board will select the best candidate for the post of team’s head coach.

The five-member panel for the selection coaching staff interviewed candidates for the head coach including Misbah Ul Haq, Dean Jones and Mohsin Khan. While, Waqar Younis gave interview for the role of bowling coach.