KARACHI – Syed Zaheer Abbas Kirmani, popularly known as Zaheer Abbas, a former Pakistani cricketer and a finest batsman believes that Azhar Ali is under pressure right after his selection as Pakistan ODI captain.
He was surprised by the new comer’s appointment, as he had not been part of the ODI team for the last two years.
“Like many experts and players, I am surprised too by the appointment of Azhar as captain. Azhar had not been part of the ODI side for the past two years and now suddenly he was named ODI captain,” Zaheer said in an interview on Thursday.
Ex-Captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been replaced by Azhar Ali after the announcement of his retirement from one-day cricket.
“Leading Pakistan team is not an easy job especially when you are not part of the team for such a long period,” he said, adding: “Azhar will not only have to lead the team but perform with the bat as well which, of course, will not be an easy duty and that too in the current situation.”
“It will be a very tough series, for Bangladesh had also made it to the World Cup quarter-final and keeping in view Bangladesh recent World Cup track record, both teams have almost performed equally,” he said.
After the defeat of Pakistan in a practice match on Wednesday. Zaheer warned the Pakistan team against rising Bangladesh players said that any self-satisfaction could be deadly for the Green shirts. Young players should prove themselves to fill the void created by the retirement of Misbah, Younis and Afridi.
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Pakistan should not take their defeat in the practice game lightly, stated the former Test captain. “It should be an eye-opener for Azhar’s team and any bad result against Bangladesh could damage Pakistan team’s image badly,” he further said.
However Zaheer wished the new ODI captain good luck with his new assignment ahead which is a big challenge for Pakistani team to beat Bangladesh.
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