Newly appointed Pakistan one-day captain Azhar Ali Saturday said his team will not take Bangladesh lightly after their strong World Cup performance, promising a tough fight from his young players next week.
Pakistan's left-handed batsman Fawad Alam, who was left out of the World Cup squad despite an ODI average of 45, is now keen to reinvent himself and establish in the national team in all three formats of the game.
Inexperienced top-order batsman Azhar Ali was on Monday named as the new Pakistan ODI captain in a surprise move by the cricket Board, succeeding Misbah-ul-Haq who retired from the 50-over format after the cricket World Cup.
Pakistan's disappointing cricket World Cup campaign was not just about missed opportunities on the field with head coach Waqar Younis submitting a strongly-worded report to the PCB complaining about the behaviour of Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Muhammad Hafeez.
Batsmen Shoaib Malik and Azhar Ali, and pace bowler Sohail Tanvir have been put on standby in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, to be held from February 14 in Australia and New Zealand.
Australian all-rounder Steve Smith has protested that he was trying to unsettle Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali when he copped a rocket from his skipper Michael Clarke for being too friendly in the recent Test series.