Pakistan’s senior most batsman Azhar Ali has made an appeal to the young players in the team to keep aside their insecurities & express themselves freely against South Africa in the upcoming Test series.
South Africa who had last visited Pakistan in 2007 won the two test series by 1-0 score. Last week, PCB announced a 20 member’s squad including nine uncapped players for the test series which will start from January 26. “International cricket is always a challenge. Even if you play as a youngster or up there for long, pressure will remain forever,” quoted Azhar as saying.
“But obviously for a new player it is a challenge to handle pressure and then there are insecurities in our culture around what if they are dropped,” he added.
Earlier Pakistan Batting Coach Younis Khan highlighted how other teams have players who performed extremely well in the International platform after playing at least 100 first class games & Pakistan on the other hand chose players by looking at their performances in other formats. Azhar agreed with the former captain & advised the youngsters to trust their skills & do what they are good at.
“Obviously we understand that there is a big difference between international and domestic cricket which makes them a bit insecure. But as a senior player, my advice to them is to trust their skills and stick with that they are doing to do well,” said Azhar.
“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 from doing well. So be positive and grab the opportunity,” he said.
Aleem Dar will be playing in his first ever test match at home, while on-field umpire Ahsan Raza & match referee Mohammed Javed Malik will also make their test debuts as the PCB on behalf of the ICC confirmed match officials for the test series on January 16.