Azhar Ali reveals his secret plan to make Pakistan the No.1 Test team
Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali has unveiled a new plan to make Pakistan the number one Test team. He disclosed that the national team need to start winning series in the overseas conditions and only then they have any chance of becoming the top Test team.
Pakistan are ranked seventh in the ICC Test rankings table and still have a long way to reach the top spot. Azhar Ali replaced Sarfaraz Ahmed as Pakistan’s Test captain in October last year itself.
In his first series as captain, Pakistan performed badly as they were humiliated by Australia. Pakistan were whitewashed 2-0 by the Aussies. However, Azhar led-team bounced back to defeat Sri Lanka 1-0 in their two-Test series and they recently got the better of Bangladesh in the first of two Tests.
The second Test, which was expected to start on April 5 in Karachi, has been postponed due to coronavirus. Azhar Ali said that his plan is to play the fearless brand of cricket. He said that the team has to perform really well in home and away series in order to become a top team.
“My plan is to play fearless cricket. The target is to prove ourselves [as] one of the best Test sides and for this, we have to perform exceptionally in home and away series. In our series against England and New Zealand, we need to prove our mettle, as this will be a great step towards becoming a number one side,” Azhar was quoted as saying by The Nation.
“We can’t be a number one Test team if we keep on winning the home series, rather we need to produce extraordinary results in away series as well. In home series, we have to outclass the opponents convincingly to get significant points to get a rapid rise in rankings.
This is all about our plan and we are focused and committed to achieving it. If every player plays fearless cricket, shoulders his responsibility and give consistent performances, no one can stop us [from] achieving our goal,” Azhar Ali concluded.