Azhar: Home series was exciting and emotional


Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali said the three-match series at home against Zimbabwe was exciting and emotional as international cricket returned to the Asian country for the first time since 2009.

The ODI series, which concluded with a washed out match on Sunday, was won two-nil by the home side as the African team became the first Test playing to tour the country since gunmen attacked a Sri Lanka team bus six years ago, killing eight people and injuring visiting players.

Azhar has played in more than 60 matches for Pakistan but this was his first time playing at home, and he made it count scoring a century and a fifty in the series.

The 30 year-old Azhar said: "It's been an exciting and emotional series for many reasons. It became important for us, as many of us never played in Pakistan, and winning makes it more significant because it gives you confidence.

"I know the opponent wasn't as big but they played good cricket against us and eventually a win is a win and this will definitely help us move forward.

"I'm happy that I was able to carry out the responsibility of captaincy very well and score runs as a batsman."