Pakistan’s senior batsman, player Azhar Ali has advised the youngsters to trust in their skills and be positive to grab the best chance to perform.
Azhar Ali is the senior-most player in the squad which will play against South Africa in their upcoming Test series. The player has an experience of 83 Test matches. The Pakistan squad has included 9 uncapped players. As a bit of advice to them, Ali has suggested them to shed off their insecurities to perform their best in the matches.
“International cricket is always a challenge. Even if you play as a youngster or up there for long, the pressure will remain forever. But obviously, for a new player, it’s a challenge to handle pressure and then there are insecurities in our culture around what if they are dropped,” Ali said.
“As a senior player, my advice to them is to trust their skills and stick with that to do well because that is what is going to give them the best chance to perform.
“If you think too much that will bring negativity and hold you back from doing well. So be positive and grab the opportunity.”
Apart from Ali, Babar Azam and Yasir Shah are among the senior players of the team. Azam has played 29 Tests so far, while bowler Shah has played 43 Test till now.
Pakistan had a disappointing loss in their last Test, which was against New Zealand. The team lost 2-0, while New Zealand claimed the top spot in the ICC Test Rankings. Pakistan’s under-averaged performance received heavy criticism.
The team would try to do their best this time to not repeat the results of the last Test. Azhar strongly feels that Pakistan has an upper hand while playing on their home soil, implying he has confidence the team has high chances of winning against the Proteas.
South Africa is slated to play a two-match Test series against Pakistan starting January 26. The Test series forms a part of the ICC World Test Championship. The tour also marks South Africa’s first tour of Pakistan in 14 years.
Speaking on which he said, “Home conditions bring confidence in players. If you remember, our batsmen in the previous two home series did really well. But on away tours, it’s always tough for Asian teams.”