KARACHI: A lot of praises received by ‘Openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam’ for a rare century stand as Pakistan took firm hold of events on day one of their first-ever day-night Test at the Dubai Cricket Stadium yesterday.
Playing in their 400th Test Pakistan was on top right from the moment captain Misbahul Haq won the toss and decided to bat first as the openers continued to pile on the runs at a slow but steady rate.
According to Mohsin Khan former chief selector “It’s a great start for Pakistan”. “To bring West Indies under real pressure they need to manage a score more than 400. Both Azhar and Aslam were perfect.”
In spite of the impressive start by the openers of Pakistan, Mohsin felt the hosts should have given a chance to Ahmad Shahzad or Khurram Manzoor at the top of the innings.
Mohsin Khan said, “They should be preparing for tough forthcoming series against New Zealand and Australia,” “The UAE series is the best time to give confidence to other potential openers as Azhar has enough experience and could have batted at one-down.”
The former Test opener admired the management’s decision to hand middle-order batsman Babar Azam and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz Test entrance.
Further he said, “Coach Mickey Arthur is doing a good job in giving chances to promising youngsters”.
Providing his judgement over the pink ball Test, Mohsin said: “I don’t see any trouble. A lot has been said that batsmen efforts to see the ball under lights. But visibility didn’t seem to be an issue.”
On the other hand Haroon Rasheed another former cricketer did heap praise on the openers and said that the evaluation of the pink ball cannot be given on the basis of the Dubai pitch.
He further said, “A lot of players complained about visibility during Quaid-e-Azam trophy matches before but the batsmen obviously are not facing those in this Test because it’s a docile pitch in Dubai”.