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Pakistan getting less number of Test matches: Azhar Ali

LAHORE: Although he noted that Pakistan has been playing relatively fewer test matches in recent times, experienced batter Azhar Ali said on Wednesday that all players, including the majors, would have to share responsibility in the difficult series of tests in England.

“Yes, Pakistan is winning fewer test matches, [while] we should play more, since the five-day game improves your cricket,” Azhar told reporters on a question about the fewer tests that have been played recently. in Pakistan.

The 33-year-old high-ranking hitter was speaking to the media on the day of the opening of the national camp for the likely ones here at the Gaddafi Stadium before the tour of Pakistan to Ireland and England starting next month.

Pakistan appeared for the last time in a test more than six months ago, from October 6 to 10 to be exact, when they played against Sri Lanka in Dubai in the final round of a two-match rubber.

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These Tests against Sri Lanka arrived, after a lapse of four and a half months, after Pakistan confronted the West Indies in a series of two out-of-control tests in April-May 2017.

“We are playing Test cricket after a considerable interval of six to seven months, however, we have a good time to prepare, both in Pakistan and in England, if the weather is still good, we will get a good number of days before facing Ireland [in the one-off test match], “he said.

Pakistan is expected to play its next test from May 11 to 15 against Ireland, which will be present at its first five-day match in Dublin. Then, Pakistan collides with England in a brief two-test battle beginning with the first match at Lord’s on May 24.

On his last tour of England in 2017, Azhar recalled, Pakistan had arrived at the destination some 25 days before the start of the ICC Champions Trophy, adding that the move paid rich dividends. Pakistan, eighth in the ODI ICC ranking, nowhere surprised the world of cricket by ensuring that the prestigious trophy surpassed archrival India in the high-pressure final on the Oval.

However, in the test matches, it has recently been found that Pakistan is deficient. They were swept by Sri Lanka 2-0 in the United Arab Emirates last year, their first test campaign under Sarfraz Ahmed.

In what he expected in the series of tests in England, when pitcher Yasir Shah and starter Shan Masood (both injured) were not available, Azhar said everyone had their role to play.

“Obviously, the pressure is on the top members of the team and [considering this] I will try to live up to the team’s expectations.” Having said that, everyone has a responsibility to support each other for better results, “said the 62-year veteran. .

After the retirement of veteran batters Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, responsibility for older people increased, Azhar said.

“Although Pakistan lost two Test matches with Sri Lanka [in the United Arab Emirates], there were also some positive aspects in that series – Haris Sohail and Asad Shafiq produced excellent punches in difficult conditions,” Azhar said.

Personally, Azhar said he was looking to win a century in Lord’s, which is one of the primary desires of every cricketer, while leading Pakistan to victory.

When asked, he said that Yasir’s absence was a great loss for Pakistan, as the leg spinner played a vital role in the team’s victories, particularly against England.

Speaking about Ireland, Azhar said: “They are a good side, they have beaten us in ODI cricket in the past, I congratulate them for obtaining the Test status and I hope they are also good opponents in this format” ….

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