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Azhar Ali wants to ‘leave behind a legacy’

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Pakistan's newly appointed Test captain Azhar Ali said on Friday that he was eager to leave the legacy behind.

"There can be no greater honor than this," he quoted ESPNcricinfo. “This is an opportunity for me to leave a legacy. As much as I have played for Pakistan, the next four to five years are very important to me as a player and a captain. "

"The Test Championship is coming up, and is like a World Cup for Test cricket. Right now, we are seventh in the rankings, so we have the proper distance to travel."

Azhar said that his team will get to play fearless cricket in the upcoming World Test Championship which ranks higher than them in the world rankings.

“I want to transfer my experiences to them and help them learn how to play fearless, positive cricket. So winning is very important, but building a positive culture is my top priority. As you know, I have preferred Test cricket, because it is the best format of the game, and the best skill of the players comes to the fore. My priority will be that my players focus on red ball cricket because white ball cricket will take care of itself. "

He also spoke highly of Sarfaraz about his contribution towards Pakistan cricket.

"I want to thank Sarfaraz. The way he has led Pakistan and the services he has given to Pakistan are excellent. I spoke to him after today's announcement and my full support is with Sarfaraz. "

He said that he decided to lead the side after discussions with those close to him.