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New Zealand's Tim Southee, centre, celebrates his 300th test wicket with teammates after dismissing Pakistan's Haris Sohail during play on day four of the first cricket test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.(AP)

Southee takes 300th wicket as New Zealand edge towards Pakistan win

By Reuters | WELLINGTON
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 12:05 PM IST
They will need to bat the entire final day on a deteriorating Bay Oval pitch in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday to stop the hosts taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
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Pakistan Cricket Team captain Babar Azam(Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Team captain Babar Azam(Twitter)

‘Dream come true, will seek advice of Azhar, Sarfaraz’ says Babar Azam after becoming captain across formats

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 02:56 PM IST
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday announced that Babar had replaced Azhar as Test captain, just one year after it had appointed the senior batsman to lead the Test side in place of Sarfaraz Ahmed.
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File image of Babarf Azam.(File)
File image of Babarf Azam.(File)

Babar Azam replaces Azhar Ali as Test captain, becomes skipper in all formats

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 09:21 PM IST
Azhar has been replaced despite PCB in May backing him as Test captain for the entire 2020-21 international season.
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File photo of Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali shaking hands with England's Joe Root.(REUTERS)
File photo of Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali shaking hands with England's Joe Root.(REUTERS)

PCB has not discussed captaincy issue with me, says Azhar Ali amid speculations of Babar Azam taking over Test captaincy

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 04:35 PM IST
It is being speculated that Babar Azam could replace Azhar as the next Test captain after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan said that he could not confirm whether Azhar would be captain for the New Zealand tour.
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Pakistan's Azhar Ali.(REUTERS)
Pakistan's Azhar Ali.(REUTERS)

Azhar Ali may not go to New zealand as Pakistan Test captain: Sources

By Press Trust of India | Lahore
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 03:14 PM IST
Azhar, who is the most Test capped player now in the national team with 81 appearances, is said to have lost favour with a influential member of the cricket committee while the PCB Chairman and CEO are also said to be having second thoughts about retaining him as captain.
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Sarfaraz Ahmed with Azhar Ai(Twitter/Sarfaraz Ahmed)
Sarfaraz Ahmed with Azhar Ai(Twitter/Sarfaraz Ahmed)

‘Bhaiya you’ve got so many fans including me’: Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali backs Sarfaraz Ahmed

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 01:33 PM IST
Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali’s comments came after Sarfaraz Ahmed took to Twitter to post a cryptic tweet in Urdu. Ahmed was criticised for missing an easy stumping of Moeen Ali in the 3rd T20I against England.
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Pakistan's Azhar Ali.(REUTERS)
Pakistan's Azhar Ali.(REUTERS)

Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali posts adorable video with son upon returning home from England tour

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 01:23 PM IST
England won the series 1-0 but Pakistan showed a lot of fight, especially in the first Test where they held the upper hand throughout the match, before being undone by a great fourth innings partnership between Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes.
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Players of England and Pakistan shake hands after the match.(AP Photo)
Players of England and Pakistan shake hands after the match.(AP Photo)

Anderson creates history, England win series 1-0 after Southampton draw

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 11:46 PM IST
Anderson’s wicket – for which he dismissed Pakistan captain Azhar Ali – remained the biggest highlight of the day in which only 27 overs of play was possible.
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England's James Anderson, right, watches as Pakistan's captain Azhar Ali, left, and Abid Ali run between the wickets to score during the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between England and Pakistan, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.(AP)
England's James Anderson, right, watches as Pakistan's captain Azhar Ali, left, and Abid Ali run between the wickets to score during the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between England and Pakistan, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.(AP)

Anderson stranded on 599, Pakistan digging in to save test

By Press Trust of India | Southamton
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 11:56 PM IST
Fading light forced England to only deploy spin and eventually stopped play altogether, with Pakistan on 100-2 at stumps.
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James Anderson claimed the 29th five-wicket-haul of his Test career(ICC Images)
James Anderson claimed the 29th five-wicket-haul of his Test career(ICC Images)

3rd Test: Anderson’s five shadows Azhar Ali’s fighting century as England enforce follow-on

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 12:07 AM IST
James Anderson picked up the 29th five-wicket-haul of his career as England bowled out Pakistan for 273 in the first innings despite a fighting century from captain Azhar Ali.
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File image of Wasim Akram.(Hindustan Times)
File image of Wasim Akram.(Hindustan Times)

‘You boys owe Pakistan cricket’: Wasim Akram wants England return the favour and tour Pak

By hindustantimes.com | SOUTHAMPTON, England
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 01:29 PM IST
Former Pakistan skipper and fast-bowling legend Wasim Akram has said that England must tour Pakistan in 2022 reciprocating the visit of Azhar Ali and his men despite the coronavirus pandemic
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Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi, center, reacts as England's Chris Woakes, left, and Stuart Broad, right, run.(AP)
Pakistan's Shaheen Afridi, center, reacts as England's Chris Woakes, left, and Stuart Broad, right, run.(AP)

‘There is a reason Pakistan’s ranking is low in Tests’: Ramiz Raja after Manchester defeat

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 10:03 AM IST
“Only Pakistan could have lost from that position. With such a lead they may have thought 250 would be enough to roll over England,” Ramiz Raja said.
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Pakistan's Yasir Shah, second left, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of England's Stuart Broad, left, during the fourth day of the first cricket Test match between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Lee Smith/Pool via AP)(AP)
Pakistan's Yasir Shah, second left, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of England's Stuart Broad, left, during the fourth day of the first cricket Test match between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (Lee Smith/Pool via AP)(AP)

Pakistan better team than England, can still win the series: Inzamam-ul-Haq

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 06:53 AM IST
Agreeing, it was disappointing to see Pakistan losing the first Test, Inzamam said, Azhar Ali’s men need confidence and they have the ability to turn things around
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Pakistan's Azhar Ali(REUTERS)
Pakistan's Azhar Ali(REUTERS)

We missed our chances, credit to Woakes and Buttler: Pakistan captain Azhar Ali

By Press Trust of India | Manchester
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 03:37 PM IST
England vs Pakistan: “It’s been a wonderful Test, disappointing to be on the wrong side of it. We had our opportunities to bat England out of the game, We lost run-outs which are a crime in Test matches, but this total should have been enough,” Ali said after the match.
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Wasim Akram not happy with Azhar Ali.(ALLSPORT/Reuters)
Wasim Akram not happy with Azhar Ali.(ALLSPORT/Reuters)

‘Our captain missed a trick quite a few times’: Wasim Akram disappointed with Azhar Ali’s leadership in Manchester

By hindustantimes.com | Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 11:24 AM IST
Ali and his men held the upper hand for most part of the series opener and had England, chasing 277 for victory, reeling at 117-5 at Old Trafford before England fought back. Jos Buttler (75) and Chris Woakes (84 not out) forged a 139-run stand to help the hosts go 1-0 up in the three-test series.
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Shahid Afridi not happy with Pakistan cricket team.(AP/ Getty)
Shahid Afridi not happy with Pakistan cricket team.(AP/ Getty)

‘Such opportunities cannot be wasted’: Shahid Afridi, Michael Vaughan react to Pakistan’s loss to England in 1st Test

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 12:40 PM IST
There were moments where it looked like Pakistan had the upper hand, then it looked like England were cruising. The pendulum kept on swinging for four days at Old Trafford in Manchester. Eventually, it was England who emerged victorious in the first Test.
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Pakistan's Babar Azam evades a rising delivery during the first day of the first cricket Test match between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Lee Smith/Pool via AP)(AP)
Pakistan's Babar Azam evades a rising delivery during the first day of the first cricket Test match between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (Lee Smith/Pool via AP)(AP)

Babar Azam needs to fix technical flaws in his game to become a great: Ramiz Raja

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 10:33 AM IST
Ramiz Raja noted that Babar Azam was facing the ball with open shoulders which would prevent him from playing his drives.
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File image of Pakistani captain Azhar Ali.(AP)
File image of Pakistani captain Azhar Ali.(AP)

‘They haven’t been confident with it’: Azhar Ali highlights the area Pakistan will look to target against England

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2020 08:48 AM IST
The Pakistan squad of 20 players and 11 staff member left for Manchester and will then be transferred to Worcestershire where they will undergo a 14-day quarantine period before finally resuming practice. England will play West Indies in a Test series before taking on Pakistan.
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Pakistani captain Azhar Ali(AP)
Pakistani captain Azhar Ali(AP)

We can beat England in their own backyard: Azhar Ali

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 07:06 PM IST
“I believe we have a pace-cum-spin attack which can give England a run for their money. Youngsters like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah or Muhammad Hasnain have immense potential to succeed in English conditions while we have plenty of experience as well in our bowling,” Azhar Ali added.
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File image of Pakistani captain Azhar Ali.(AP)
File image of Pakistani captain Azhar Ali.(AP)

Azhar to lead Pakistan in Tests, Babar named captain for ODIs, T20Is

By Indo Asian News Service | Lahore
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2020 05:56 PM IST
Azhar so far has witnessed a mixed bag of results in his short captaincy career, which includes a 0-2 loss in Australia, followed by a 1-0 win over Sri Lanka at home and a comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Rawalpindi before the series was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Pakistani batman Azhar Ali plays a shot.(AP)
Pakistani batman Azhar Ali plays a shot.(AP)

Pune-based cricket museum buys Azhar Ali’s bat to raise funds to fight COVID-19

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 11:25 AM IST
Both the bat and jersey were signed by members of the Pakistan team. Azhar announced on social media that he had kept a base price of one million each for the bat and jersey and they had sold for 2.2 million.
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File image of Pakistani batman Azhar Ali.(AP)
File image of Pakistani batman Azhar Ali.(AP)

‘We are mentally prepared it,’ Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali comments on pay cut

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 03:52 PM IST
In a video interaction with the media, Azhar said he and his colleagues are aware that the situation is not ideal due to the COVID-19, which has halted sporting activities across the globe.
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File photo of Azhar Ali.(AP)
File photo of Azhar Ali.(AP)

Azhar Ali backs Misbah, says virus-affected WTC should be extended

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2020 08:45 AM IST
“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 said in a video conference with reporters.
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File image of Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam.(Action Images via Reuters)
File image of Pakistan cricketer Babar Azam.(Action Images via Reuters)

Babar Azam set to be named as Pakistan ODI captain

By PTI | Karachi
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 09:06 AM IST
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Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali, right, and his Bangladesh counterpart Mominul Haque.(AP)
Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali, right, and his Bangladesh counterpart Mominul Haque.(AP)

Pakistan target consolidation in first Bangladesh Test

By Agence France-Presse | Rawalpindi
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2020 06:01 PM IST
The match will further Pakistan’s efforts to host Test cricket, which returned to the country just two months ago after a 10-year gap with a series against Sri Lanka.
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File image of Pakistan cricketer Faheem Ashraf.(Getty Image)
File image of Pakistan cricketer Faheem Ashraf.(Getty Image)

Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Hosts recall Faheem Ashraf, Bilal Asif for Rawalpindi Test

By AFP | Lahore
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2020 01:15 PM IST
PAK vs BAN: Ashraf showed a lot of promise in his debut Test against Ireland in 2018 when he scored 83 but then faced injury problems and was discarded after the South Africa tour in January last year.
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Bangladesh cricket team captain Mominul Haque, head coach Russell Domingo and bowling coach Charl Langeveldt.(PTI)
Bangladesh cricket team captain Mominul Haque, head coach Russell Domingo and bowling coach Charl Langeveldt.(PTI)

T20 series first, call on playing Tests in Pakistan later: Bangladesh Cricket Board

By Indo Asian News Service | Dhaka
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2019 09:48 PM IST
Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali and head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq had on Monday slammed Bangladesh’s reported unwillingness to play Test cricket in Pakistan, saying it is “a great injustice” and “there is no excuse not to come”.
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Pakistani batsman Azhar Ali acknowledges his 100(AP)
Pakistani batsman Azhar Ali acknowledges his 100(AP)

Only 2nd time in history: Pakistan top 4 repeat India’s 12-year-old unique feat

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2019 08:13 AM IST
Shan Masood (135), Abid Ali (174), Azhar Ali (118), and Babar Azam (100*) all scored their centuries and they sent the visitors on a leather hunt.
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Pakistani captain Azhar Ali hits a boundary.(AP)
Pakistani captain Azhar Ali hits a boundary.(AP)

Abid Ali, Shan Masood give Pakistan edge over Sri Lanka in 2nd Test

By Agence France-Presse | Karachi
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2019 08:22 AM IST
Abid, nicknamed “legend” in Pakistan’s dressing room, hit 174 for his second hundred in as many Tests -- becoming the first Pakistani and ninth batsmen overall to score two centuries in his first two Tests.
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Sri Lankan test team skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, left, and his Pakistani counterpart Azhar Ali, right, pose for photograph with the trophy of cricket test series after their press conference in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.(AP)
Sri Lankan test team skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, left, and his Pakistani counterpart Azhar Ali, right, pose for photograph with the trophy of cricket test series after their press conference in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.(AP)

It’s an emotional moment: Azhar Ali on return of Test cricket to Pakistan

By Press Trust of India | Rawalpindi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2019 06:06 PM IST
Pak vs SL: A 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team had led to a freeze on cricket in Pakistan, which has been playing its home matches on neutral venues.
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