Azhar supports the resumption of international action earlier
KARACHI: Pakistan Test Captain Azhar Ali on Thursday threw his weight behind the idea of resuming international cricket action even if it meant playing a match in front of an empty stands.
Like all other major sporting activities, international cricket equipment has been suspended due to a coronavirus pandemic and action is unlikely to continue in the near future.
However, there were calls from former cricket players and experts to resume international matches as soon as possible after taking the necessary precautions like making them staged in an empty stadium.
Azhar told reporters via video conference that he supported the idea. “There is nothing to watch on TV, there is no sport happening all over the world. So people will be happy if they can watch something. But people’s lives are important and if it’s not compromised, we can start with cricket slowly, but not now, “he commented.
Speaking of the inaugural World Test Championship, Azhar was of the view that the event might end beyond its original completion date in June 2021.
“There is nothing wrong with delaying the finals until all the teams complete their Test championship cycle,” he said. “I am sure the final will be held only after all the teams get a part of the match,” he added.
Azhar also talked about his relationship with coach and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, saying that they had the same idea and that after playing together for a long time, they got along well.
“We don’t have many differences of opinion. We are more often than not on the same page. I have played a lot under Misbah bhai and that helped. We understand each other, “he said.
About the Waqar Younis bowling trainer and how he differs from Misbah as a coach, he said: “I discussed various things with him (Waqar) regarding bowling. Misbah is calmer. That’s the way it works, he’s cool. Waqar used to do it in a different way. Both are big names in Pakistani crickets. Waqar bhai is a legend, “said Azhar, who made his debut test 10 years ago in England.
He has experienced a decline in his form since reusing the captain’s role which prompted his critics to question whether he was the right choice to lead Pakistan.
However, Azhar played down fears that knee injuries were the reason behind his poor run with bats. “The knee injury affected my shape and I was at the peak when it happened. We have won the Champions Cup. 6-8 months it bothers me. Injuries are phases and that need to be treated. I worked hard to get back into shape, “he said.
When asked about his captain’s “defensive” style, Azhar ignored the label and said that his appearance would change that perception.
“You lead the team based on the situation and the resources available to you. You cannot place four slips in Dubai conditions. Consider me a defensive captain is a wrong perception, and I will try to change this mindset with my performance. “
Azhar said that as captain he would try to change the mindset of the team by helping him play without fear. “My goal is to make the team not afraid. We usually see that the team gets tense when they are under pressure but I want to change it. “—With input from the agency