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After the retirements of experienced campaigners Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, a lot was expected from the batting duo of Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali. However, they failed to upgrade their game which resulted in shoddy results in red-ball cricket for Pakistan.

The tour of South Africa proved to be another dismaying episode as the two batters weren’t able to brace the batting unit. This caused a backlash against the two senior cricketers as fans demanded their exclusion from the national team.

However, Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur has backed the two middle-order batsmen as he shared that he still believes in their ability. Furthermore, he is expecting them to learn from the mistakes and contribute profoundly in future.

“Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are the two senior cricketers. I haven’t lost any faith in these two players. They are gifted players and have a lot to offer to Pakistan cricket provided they are in form. They are extremely good professionals and above all they are fantastic blokes who contribute greatly to the Pakistan team,” said by the 50-year old in a press conference held at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.