Pakistan’s skipper in all three formats of the game, Sarfraz Ahmed has stated that they are not carrying any mental baggage to Dubai for the second Test as they have left their mistakes in Abu Dhabi.
Sarfraz said during a press conference ahead of the second Test of the three-match series that the team is disappointed because they failed to finish the game.
“We have left behind our mistakes in Abu Dhabi,” he said. “We are disappointed that we did not perform well in the first Test of the series,” he added.
The 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman said that batsmen will have an important role to play in the Test series and he has asked them to stay at the crease.
Moreover, he emphasised on the importance of winning the toss in these conditions as batting fourth in a five-day game on a slow wicket can put the side under pressure.
Pakistan lost the opening contest of the series after a thrilling contest by four runs while chasing a low total of 176 runs.
Azhar Ali, who was the last batsman to get out when Pakistan needed four runs, said that as a senior player, he believes he should have finished the game, however, he tried his best but unfortunately failed in doing so.
The top-order batsman is still hopeful for a favourable result in the second Test of the series and stated they will play the game with a positive mindset.
“We will have a fresh start, we have got the potential and we have always performed well in these conditions,” he said while talking to ARY News. “We will try to play with a positive frame of mind, we have made comeback in the past and we are confident that we will bounce back in the series and win it.”
The second Test of the series will be played from November 24 at Dubai.