Dubai - Pakistan captain Azhar Ali promised
his wounded team would fight hard in their must-win fourth and final one-day
against England in Dubai on Friday, saying he was ready to face the music in
case of a series loss.
Pakistan won the first one-dayer by six
wickets but lost the next two and were left facing the must-win match to avoid
a series defeat.
Ali said his players realised the
importance of the match.
"It's a must-win game for us but it
won't be easy because England played well in the last two games and won,"
said Ali of England's 95-run and six-wicket wins.
"But we all realise the importance of
this game so we will do our hardest work to win and I am confident that if we
play to our ability then we can definitely win this game."
Ali, who took over as captain after
Misbah-ul-Haq retired following the 2015 World Cup in March, said he would
accept being replaced as captain.
"I don't have control on future,"
said Ali. "Things which are not in your control, you can't control, so I
think the best thing is to focus on what you have in your hands.
"I don't have any fear of losing
anything, I do the job honestly and no one in the team management has that
fear, so (they) will accept whatever the outcome is."
Under Ali Pakistan were whitewashed 3-0 by
Bangladesh in May before he led the team to two back-to-back series against
Zimbabwe (home and away) and Sri Lanka, away.
Ali said the team was hurt after the defeat
in the third game, bowled out for a paltry 208 which England chased down with
the loss of just four wickets.
"All of us were hurt," said Ali.
"We were in a position to score big and on that kind of pitch it wasn't
easy to chase so at that time 208 looked good and had we taken one or two
wickets then the match could have been in our favour.
"All the batsmen, like the whole
nation are hurt, so the message to the batsmen is that we should score the
maximum runs," said Ali, expressing his hope that leg-spinner Yasir Shah
would be fit again after missing the last game with a knee injury.
"We will assess his progress and
hopefully he is fit."