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Azhar Ali Backs Misbah, Says Virus-affected WTC Should be Extended

Azhar Ali Backs Misbah, Says Virus-affected WTC Should be Extended

Karachi: Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali has backed head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq’s suggestion that the coronavirus-affected World Test Championship ought to be prolonged within the wake of the worldwide pandemic.

He believes cricketing motion ought to return in future “even it is behind closed doors” however with out compromising on the well being of the gamers.

“If, hopefully, in the near future cricket is possible and the health of people is not compromised, I’m sure every cricketer will say we should get cricket back on, even if it is behind closed doors,” Ali mentioned in a video convention with reporters.

“There is no sport on TV right now that people can watch. They will be happy to get sport back on TV. People’s health is more important, but if we can get sport going without imperilling that, I’d support it.”

Ali is assured that world physique ICC will do the needful.

“I’m sure the ICC will look at this. The Test Championship was a long competition anyway, so I don’t think it would be a big deal to extend it if the series cannot be held in time; I’d support extending the Test championship,” he added.

Azhar’s assertion got here after Misbah referred to as for an extension of the World Test Championship as and when cricket resumes as a way to present a good and equal enjoying discipline to all groups.

The compelled break within the cricketing calendar has allowed Ali to look again on his nascent captaincy tenure, which began solely in final October when he changed Sarfaraz Ahmed.

So far Ali has witnessed a blended outing as captain, which features a 0-2 loss in Australia, adopted by a 1-Zero win over Sri Lanka at dwelling and a complete victory over Sri Lanka within the first Test at Rawalpindi earlier than the collection was referred to as off due to the pandemic.

“I did want to bring fresh ideas into the team when appointed, and remove the fear factor that players have,” he mentioned.

“The gamers ought to be at liberty to specific themselves. In a staff tradition, the captain bears nice accountability for the form of tradition they develop. I wish to be sure that no matter whether or not I’m within the dressing room or not, the atmosphere is such that everybody thinks in regards to the good of the staff.

“Just as important, we want the dressing room to be a relaxed, not a tense place. We’ve seen – and not just in Pakistan – that when the team is under pressure, the dressing room becomes a very tense place. Decision-making is affected by tension and pressure,” Ali added.

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