The English summer of 2010 was one for Pakistanis the world over to forget in cricketing terms. The spot-fixing scandal threatened to derail Pakistani cricket for a long time. There were even calls from some —one being Ian Botham —for Pakistan to be banned from the International game indefinitely. Though what really emerged from that tour was that Pakistan's batting future was sealed.
With Younis Khan serving a ban and Mohammad Yousaf ignored, Azhar Ali got his first call-up. His First Class record was average at best and he had started his career as a specialist leg spinner until Scotland saw something in him with the bat. All things taken into consideration, the Board seemed to have made a horrendous decision. What followed was Azhar showing the world a glimpse of his talent. Despite not having a great technique and not being a natural stroke player, his hunger and drive were strong evidence that Pakistan had a talent that could excel in the world game.