Pakistan all-rounder Anwar Ali is one of the finest bowling all-rounds Pakistan have had in the recent times. His incredible performances in 2006 Under 19 World Cup has helped Pakistan win the trophy against arch rivals India as Pakistan won by 38 runs in the end.
However, despite all the incredible talent he had, Anwar has failed to make an impact in the national team after making 38 appearances for the senior squad in the limited overs formats since his debut in 2008. But the 29-year old has not earned a recall to the national team since he last represented Pakistan almost a year ago.
Speaking to Pakpassion.net, he said: “I’ve enjoyed playing international cricket and I think I’ve done quite well and have learnt a lot from the experience, but it’s a very tough environment. To play for Pakistan is a very tough and demanding ask. It’s a huge challenge as there is a lot of competition for places and there are three or four players fighting for each slot in the team.”
Despite being dropped from the national team, Anwar Ali takes inspiration from his performances to the national team and expressed his desire to represent the national team once again.
“It’s fair to say that my start in international cricket in the fifty-over format went well especially given that it was against South Africa in their own conditions when they were at the top of the rankings. It was a tough challenge but it went really well and I put in a solid performance with bat and ball in that match. I did put in some good performances for Pakistan but my consistency was lacking. I did well against Sri Lanka in the T20I series against them in 2015 and made forty-six off only seventeen balls in Colombo. I’ve always given my all and I’m proud that nobody can question my effort and commitment for Pakistan.”
Anwar Ali believes that the team is more relying on spin bowling all-rounders than pace bowling all-rounders and hopes he can make a strong comeback to the national team in the near future.
“It’s fair to say that the Pakistan team these days relies on spin-bowling all-rounders rather than pace-bowling all-rounders, but credit to those players as they have performed well, but I believe that I am still the best pace-bowling all-rounder in Pakistan and I feel that I can make a strong comeback for Pakistan.”