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by Andrew Wood Wednesday 17 August 2016
Pakistan One-Day International captain Azhar Ali has urged his team to play aggressive cricket and improve their fielding standards in the upcoming limited-overs leg of their tour of the British Isles.
In ODIs, Pakistan are ranked ninth and they need a string of good performances in the upcoming matches against Ireland and England to move up the rankings.
Pakistan will first take on Ireland in a two-match ODI series before embarking on the five-match series against England.
Stating that the team is excited for the ODI leg of their ongoing tour, Ali emphasised that Pakistan need consistent results in order to improve their ranking.
“Boys are excited for the ODI series,” he said.
“We need to improve our skills and put performances consistently to improve our rankings.
“We know we are better than our ranking suggests.
“I want my team to play aggressive cricket.
“If we want better results, the team will have to improve fielding, and score runs at a faster pace.”
Ali further asserted that Pakistan will take their contest against Ireland seriously and feels that the two ODIs will be a good preparation for the campaign against England.
“We are not taking Ireland lightly… they defeated us in World Cup 2007 and have actually defeated a strong team in every World Cup.
“They gave us a hard time the last time we visited here.
“These two matches can prove to be good for the preparation of the upcoming five-match series with England.”
Pakistan have played six ODIs against Ireland previously and have four wins and one tied game, while their only defeat came in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.
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