Rawalpindi: Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali is not in the position to announce the squad against Bangladesh but has hinted that the star performer in domestic cricket, Fawad Alam might not play the Test starting from tomorrow and will go with the same XI which last played against Sri Lanka in Karachi.
While talking to media in pre-match presser Azhar said that he knows that Fawad is in the squad for his performances in the domestic cricket and will be inducted in the side if needed.
“I can not disclose the playing X1 but Fawad is in the squad on his ability and performances. Not just Fawad, the players in the squad can be inducted in the playing XI if needed,” he said.
Azhar Ali has admitted that he is not satisfied with his own performances as a player in Test cricket and has not performed up to the expectations from the last year or so.
“I have not batted well lately but scoring a century in the last Test against Sri Lanka gave me a lot of confidence and scoring a great number of runs in first-class cricket has helped me a lot too,” he added.
The 35-year-old knows the importance of every Test as it is the part of the ICC Test Championship because the points are on stake.
“Every single Test is important because of the championship, we know that it is a split series but our priority is to think about the Test starting from tomorrow and not look forward.
He clarified that despite Bangladesh have not the services of Shakib-ul-Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, it is not easy to win against them.
“Tests are not easy to win and you have to play the best cricket to beat Bangladesh. Although their senior players are not available but still youngsters have the potential to give match-winning performances,” he said.
Azhar accepted that all-rounder Faheem Ashraf is included in the squad because of his all-round abilities and keeping in mind as they have to play most of the Test cricket abroad.
“All-rounder creates a lot of depth in the playing XI and we have to play Test cricket outside Pakistan, Faheem will give us an option of the fourth bowler and now in Pakistan, the pitches are also being made that support fast bowlers,” he maintained
Pakistan and Bangladesh are all set to play the first Test in Rawalpindi from tomorrow. The second Test will be played after the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).