The Pakistan Cricket Team is currently gearing up for the T20I series against Bangladesh that is scheduled to start on the 24th of February at the Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Pakistan’s record-maker and opening batsman Abid Ali is not part of the T20I setup and he’s training hard in the national team’s camp to get in good shape and form ahead of the Test match at Rawalpindi against the Bengal Tigers.
The talented right-handed opener made his debut for Pakistan in the ODIs last year against Australia after he scored runs effortlessly in the domestic circuit.
Abid was always a great addition to the side but a lot of people criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for his late inclusion in the side.
The stylish opening batsman from Lahore made his impact straight away with a century on ODI debut against Australia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
He played the Aussie fast bowlers with a lot of ease and aggression. After a brilliant performance on debut, Abid Ali was selected in the initial squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
However, many critics believed at that time that Abid Ali will not find his place in the final squad for the World Cup. The fear became reality for Abid as he was sent back home and he could not participate in the ICC World Cup 2019.
After the World Cup, the men in green were having a long break from international cricket as the World Cup ended in July and there were no series’ scheduled for the next couple of months. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka agreed to tour Pakistan for a series of three T20Is followed by a couple of Test matches.
The Test series was finally confirmed after the successful hosting of the T20Is at the Qaddafi Stadium Lahore. Abid Ali was hopeful of getting his chance in the Test series against Sri Lanka and luckily he was selected in the squad for the two Test matches against Sri Lanka at home.
Before that tour, Abid was also ignored for the Test series in Australia as the green team went with Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood as their opening batters in the squad along with the captain Azhar Ali in the top order.
However, it seems that something big was waiting for Abid Ali as he made his debut in the 1st Test match at Rawalpindi against Sri Lanka. The first 4 days of the Test match were washed out either completely or after some overs by some consistent rain.
The last day of the Test match saw a shining sun coming out at the Pindi cricket stadium and the crowd made sure that they don’t miss the action even the match had become a dead rubber.
The sun was out and so was the career of Abid Ali in Test matches. The Pakistan batters came out on the last day to have some batting practice after the Sri Lankan side declared their innings in order to get them bowling practice.
Abid Ali came out with Shan Masood and started from where he left at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against Australia. He smacked a wonderful century on his Test debut as well and became the only batsman in the world to have scored centuries on both Test and ODI debuts.
Abid Ali enjoyed a great year in international cricket but his hard work and commitment never faded away even after playing 105 first-class matches without an international debut.
A Domestic Stalwart:
Abid scored heaps of runs in the domestic circuit and he was never brought into the national side until his performances were streamlined by the media and the fans.
He had a wonderful first-class season in 2018 and he also scored a lot of runs for Pakistan A against the England Lions in some side matches and also in the List A matches.
In a recent interview, Abid Ali reacted to his journey in international cricket so far and said that he’s very happy at the kind of start that he got and he’s looking forward to the upcoming series’ against Bangladesh and England.
“It’s been a great start to my international career with a few world records as well. However, I don’t think about milestones much and my focus currently is on the next tough task against England in England,” said Abid Ali.
Abid Ali has only played in two Test matches so far and he already has achieved quite a few records. Abid and Shan both scored centuries in the 2nd Test match against Sri Lanka at the national stadium Karachi and joined the list of elite players like Saeed Anwar, Ijaz Ahmed and Aamer Sohail.
Saeed Anwar and Taufeeq Umar achieved the same landmark along with Aamer Sohail and Ijaz Ahmed. Abid Ali had a stellar first-class career and he recently scored 249* playing for Sindh in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019.
He has also scored over 7000 runs in first-class cricket with an average of 40. Maintaining an average of 40 in over 105 matches is a piece of cake in any kind of cricket in this world. He has also scored a double-hundred against Peshawar while playing for Islamabad in the National One-Day Cup.
Abid Ali is a tried and tested performer at the international level and he promises a great future ahead not only for himself but for Pakistan Cricket as well.
The upcoming Test tour of England is going to be very crucial for Abid Ali and his career as he will face one of the best bowling attacks of this generation.
Abid Ali’s opening partnership with Shan Masood is also going to be very crucial because both of them are currently in good touch and the men in green would like to take the best out of their openers when they tour England in July this year.
After making a memorable debut in ODIs and Tests, Abid Ali said that all the hard work in the domestic cricket was for this moment and he thoroughly enjoyed his first introduction to international cricket.