What is Azhar Ali determined to accomplish in England?

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Azhar Ali: “Everyone wishes to have their name on the Lord’s honours board”

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Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has revealed that he is eager to score a century against England at Lord’s as he wants to get his name on the ground’s honours board.

Azhar has scored two centuries against England, with one coming in Dubai, while the other came at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

However, while he is determined to score a hundred at the ‘Home of Cricket’, Azhar made it clear that he won’t feel too disappointed if he fails to achieve this feat.

“The first Test is at Lord’s. Everyone wishes to have their name on the Lord’s honours board,” he was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. “This will be an opportunity for me to score a century there.

“However, I am not taking this task as an added pressure. My main task would be to lead the batting and score runs so that my team has an advantage.”

Azhar also said that Pakistan will miss spinner Yasir Shah, who has been ruled out of the upcoming tour with a hip bone stress fracture.

“Yasir’s absence is a big loss,” said Azhar. “He has been performing for us for the past three-four years. He played a key role in our victories when we visited England last time around.

“Captain and coach would be looking to replace Yasir with someone new, but we don’t have anyone right now who has been playing regularly in Tests for Pakistan.”

When asked about the conditions in England, Azhar said: “English conditions would be tough. They will be a challenge for everyone. Even players who have played there need time to adjust in English conditions.”

While England will be playing on home soil, Azhar insisted that Pakistan are ready for the challenge and will be looking to win the two-Test series, which begins on May 24.

“Home side always has an advantage when it comes to playing in certain conditions,” he said. “England will come hard at us because they are coming back from losses against New Zealand away from home. They will try to win their home series. The conditions there will favour fast-bowlers. We have a good bunch. They will trouble the England batsmen.”

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