'Sledging me is a waste of time' - Azhar Ali
Since he made his debut for Pakistan last summer, 25-year-old Azhar Ali has impressed many with his technique, ability and temperament. Here he talks to PakPassion.net about his introduction to international cricket, the advantage of playing most of his cricket in Rawalpindi, his lack of a Test century and the key to his excellent temperament.
"I made my debut at the age of 25. Some would say that is quite late, but I would turn that around and say that I then had the benefit of nine years of experience in first class cricket. We have all seen instances of young cricketers being thrust into the limelight of international cricket and then failing to live up to the expectations. I haven't had things easy in domestic cricket, there had been ups and downs and I had all that experience to fall back upon."
Tariq Engineer is a former senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo