Azhar urges youngsters to take full advantage of home conditions

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Senior Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali on Friday urged the brigade of young players to shed the dreaded feeling of self-doubt if they aspire to make themselves worthy for international cricket, and there is no better place than home to make a name for themselves and the country.

“The best thing for the youngsters is most of them are in the squad because of their successful stints in the domestic competitions. Playing on familiar pitches and environment are two key elements that really matter,” Azhar said while addressing a virtual media conference after the Pakistan squad continued their preparation for next week’s first Test against South Africa here at the National Stadium.

“I am very hopeful the young guys will make good use of the opportunities coming their way during the South Africa series. We have already developed a positive vibe with these upcoming players who are not overawed by the pressure that can really overstretch them.”