Azhar Ali lauds team’s effort after win


Sharjah: Pakistan’s ODI skipper Azhar Ali has lauded the team’s efforts after they convincingly defeated West Indies in the first ODI match to go one up in the three match series.

Azhar Ali said, after the match, that young players performed really well and in accordance with our expectations which was heartening to see. He also praised the innings plyed by Babar Azam, who scored a century, along with Sharjeel Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed.

“The ball wasn’t coming on in the afternoon, but Sarfraz (Ahmed), Babar (Azam) and Sharjeel (Khan) gave us a good score.

“Limited-overs cricket is always a young man’s game and it’s heartening to see younger players taking on the role of match-winners,” the 31-year-old Pakistan captain said in a post-match talk.

Azhar also stressed on the importance of playing with the right attitude and expressing yourself in the right fashion out their on the field. He added that the coaching staff is doing it’s part behind the scene as the team looks to improve further.

“We’re focusing on improving ourselves, playing good cricket. We know what areas we need to improve on, coaching staff is working on it.

“We can win more games if we keep improving and our ranking will also improve.”

The second ODI match between Pakistan and West Indies will be played on Sunday at Sharjah and Pakistan stand a very good chance to clinch the series by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.