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Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Test, Anu Dhabi

Important to believe a good knock will get things rolling - Azhar

Oct 14, 2018: Constant shuffling around the order and a scratchy start to the series have made Azhar look like a diluted version of his fluent 2016 self, but his record against Australia should give him heart

Osman Samiuddin in Abu Dhabi

Yorkshire v Somerset, Specsavers Championship Division One, Headingley

Lewis Gregory and Steven Davies leave Yorkshire conscious of relegation threat

Aug 29, 2018: Jack Brooks gave a reminder of the qualities that Yorkshire will miss as he took four wickets against his new club

David Hopps

Pakistan news

New central contracts guarantee earnings boost for Pakistan players

Aug 6, 2018: The PCB announced the latest list of centrally-contracted players, who stand to gain up to 25% more as part of salary increases across the board, as well as a 20% rise in match fees

Danyal Rasool

Worcestershire v Somerset, County Championship, New Road

Moeen Ali takes five but Somerset soar on Azhar Ali's debut hundred

Jul 24, 2018: Somerset picked up two wickets before the close having set Worcestershire a daunting target of 443 to win

ECB Reporters Network

County news

Azhar Ali signs as Somerset overseas player after Matt Renshaw injury

Jul 16, 2018: Azhar Ali, Pakistan's Test opener, will make his first appearances in the County Championship later this summer after signing a seven-match deal with Somerset

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan in England 2018

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq line up county deals to hone match readiness

Jun 4, 2018: Pakistan batsmen in line for stints at Somerset and Surrey as replacements for Matt Renshaw and Virat Kohli

Osman Samiuddin

England vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Leeds

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq dip when Pakistan need them most

Jun 3, 2018: As much as the runs what Azhar and Shafiq need to bring Pakistan's batting is the unmistakable sense that they are in charge

Osman Samiuddin at Headingley

England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's

Pakistan's team effort builds hefty lead as England pay for mistakes

May 25, 2018: England missed crucial chances on the second day to leave themselves well behind in the opening Test

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's

What do Pakistan need to do to beat England (or not lose, at least)?

May 23, 2018: Pakistan are a far less experienced side than the one which drew 2-2 in England in 2016

Osman Samiuddin at Lord's

England v Pakistan, 1st Test, Lord's

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are 'big match' players - Mickey Arthur

May 22, 2018: In an era of rebuilding, Pakistan desperately need their two senior batsmen to stand up against England

Osman Samiuddin at Lord's

Leicestershire v Pakistanis, Tour match, Grace Road

Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman lead way against modest attack

May 19, 2018: There were half-centuries for Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Usman Salahuddin as Pakistan enjoyed a gentle workout in Leicester

George Dobell

Northamptonshire v Pakistan, Tour match, 4th day

Run-out adds to Azhar Ali's lean time but Pakistan buoyed by victory

May 7, 2018: Pakistan finally broke the back of Northamptonshire's resistance as Shadab Khan completed a 10-wicket haul and Mohammad Abbas also impressed

Alex Winter at Wantage Road

Pakistan in New Zealand 2017-18

Shehzad dropped, Imad out of NZ ODIs with knee injury

Dec 23, 2017: Mohammad Amir and Azhar Ali are back in the 15-member squad while Ahmed Shehzad has been left out

Umar Farooq

Quaid-e-Azam trophy

Hafeez delays declaration; WAPDA win in four sessions

Dec 6, 2017: Lahore Blues secured victory over Lahore Whites while Umar Akmal's sensational 148 saw UBL beat Fawad Alam's SSGC

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 4th day

Pakistan's problems: 'It's kept me awake at night'

Oct 9, 2017: The opening partnership, Babar Azam's form, the middle-order positions and balance of the attack: Mickey Arthur has admitted he has a lengthy list of issues to resolve

Osman Samiuddin

Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2017-18

Imam-ul-Haq called up to Pakistan's ODI squad

Oct 6, 2017: Pakistan have left out former ODI captain Azhar Ali from their squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka in the UAE

Umar Farooq

Sri Lanka in UAE 2017-18

Herath can adjust, counter plans against him - Azhar

Oct 4, 2017: Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali admitted that the relative inexperience of the batting line-up was also a factor in their failure to chase down 136 on the final day in Abu Dhabi

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, 3rd day, September 30, 2017

Azhar Ali leads Pakistan's crawl towards parity

Sep 30, 2017: Fifties from Pakistan's top three ensured Pakistan edged - very slowly but surely - towards Sri Lanka's imposing first innings total of 419

The Report by Danyal Rasool

Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2017-18

Arthur calls on old heads to helm new dawn

Sep 25, 2017: Pakistan's coach wants Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and, to a lesser extent, Babar Azam to take extra responsibility to ease the transition from Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan

Osman Samiuddin in Abu Dhabi

Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2017-18

Pakistan look to Sohail, Salahuddin in post-MisYou era

Sep 23, 2017: The pair are likely to be the first batsmen to attempt filling the gap left by Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan's retirements in the upcoming Tests against Sr Lanka, even as Pakistan have bolstered their bowling with the inclusion of uncapped fast bowler Mir

Umar Farooq
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