Pakistan’s ODI captain and an important member of the Pakistan test side Azhar Ali is hopeful that the test team will put up a good show in Pakistan’s next assignment that is the challenging tour of England.
Team Is In Good Shape
Talking to media at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore Azhar Ali said that the team is in good shape and rhythm and wants to perform and make a name for themselves in the demanding conditions of England. He added the test side is stable and has been consistently performing well in the longest format of the game as compared to the shorter formats where they are encountering some difficulties. He was confident that Pakistan side will give tough time to England and will not bow out easily.
Although the conditions in England are generally more suited to fast bowlers but Azhar Ali said that the spinners will also play a crucial role if the conditions are dry as that will assist the quality spinners in the form of Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar.
Return of Mohammad Amir
Regarding Mohammad Amir’s return to England after the infamous spot fixing scandal Azhar Ali remarked that he is a good fast bowler and people should should put aside what happened in the past and move on. He added that the media in England is vigilant and sharp but the players this time are more educated on the all the matters surrounding the tour of England and hopefully they will remain cautious and make no mistakes because this tour always tends to get marred by the controversies.
Quality Middle Order
Pakistan have a quality middle order which included Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan and the ODI captain was confident that they will provide the team with solidity in the middle order but he also pointed out that the whole side needs to contribute if the team is to succeed.
I Can Play At Any Position If Required
Pakistan have been struggling due to their opening issues and injuries is also not helping their cause and Azhar might well have to open for Pakistan if required. Responding to a question on the same issue Azhar said that he is available to play for Pakistan on any position and he will be more than happy to bat at the top as well if needed.
Pakistan cricket team went through a rigorous training camp in Kakul and Azhar appreciated the efforts of the Pakistan Army in order to help the Pakistan cricket team prepare accordingly for the tour of England although he added that the camp was quite tough as he were made to work out for long hours.
Misbah Is A Role Model For All Cricketers
Azhar Ali was also glad to see Misbah as their leader and considered him as a role model for the cricketers and appreciated the services of the 42 year old player.
Azhar Ali concluded with the statement that he has full confidence in the bunch of players that will face England and hopefully they can seize the key moments, which they have failed to do so before, and strike at the right moments to secure a cherished series win in England.