Azhar Ali, the Pakistani test captain, wants his team to play fearless cricket to achieve their goal of regaining test No.1
Azhar Ali was part of the team that, under the captain of Misbah-ul-Haq in 2016, topped the MRF Tires ICC test team ranking. Now, with Misbah as the coach and chief selector, Azhar is excited to see his team improve their standards.
“My plan is to play fearless cricket,” he told reporters in a video chat. “The goal is to prove ourselves as one of the best test teams. To do that, we have to do exceptionally well in home and away series. In our series against England and New Zealand, we have to show our skills as it will be a good performance. ” big step towards no. 1 side.
“We cannot be the # 1 test team if we win (only) the home series. We also have to achieve exceptional results in the away series,” he was quoted in The Nation. “In the home series, we have to convincingly outperform the opponents.
If every player plays fearless cricket, assumes his responsibility and performs consistently, no one can stop us from achieving our goal.”
Azhar Ali admitted that he and Misbah were both defensive mindsets, but insisted that this was a function of conditions.
“I fly with composure and take my time, which does not mean that I am a defensive captain,” he said. “In Dubai, when a fast bowler bowls, you can’t hold four slips. Even in Pakistan, where the conditions are flat, you have to have a balance.
“I’m trying to get rid of the fear factor. You should play with a free mind. This team culture needs to be developed. Every player should think about the team and create a relaxed atmosphere. You cannot work under pressure and consistency is achieved with a prudent approach. It will also help with decision making. “