Lahore: Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali has admitted that the national team have been playing less amount of Test cricket for quite some time now.
The 35-year-old has said Pakistan have always been challenged of getting less Test cricket and if the ongoing coronavirus pandemic gets prolong then there will be more worries for us going further in the elite format of the game.
“Pakistan hardly plays eight Test matches in a year or maximum of ten. There are a lot of challenges in Test cricket for Pakistan and viewing the current scenario if the gap gets long so there will be more problems,” Azhar said in a video conference with journalists.
Azhar is happy with the way young fast bowlers have taken the responsibility as a unit in Test cricket after the duo of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz decided to step back from this format.
“Wahab and Amir have played a lot of Test cricket for Pakistan in past but I think after there absence, we got the opportunity to try out young bowlers and they performed. I am pretty satisfied with Shaheen [Shah Afridi] who has taken a leading role in the bowling attack,” he added.
Azhar hailed the decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) who have decided to conduct the online fitness Tests of players on April 20th.
“I think it is great for players to get indulge in these types of activities as it is very hard to stay motivated indoors for training. Now players will try to achieve the fitness Test standards but it will be challenging as it is happening for the first time,” he maintained.
It must be noted that Azhar was appointed as the Test captain before the Australia tour last year. Under his captaincy, Pakistan have won two and lost two Test matches and one ended on a draw.