Pakistan cricketers also in awe of Ertugrul

By: AFP      Published: 04:53 PM, 21 Aug, 2020
Pakistan cricketers also in awe of Ertugrul

A Turkish TV blockbuster is being used as an unlikely motivator for the Pakistan team ahead of their must-win third Test clash against England, captain Azhar Ali said on Thursday.

The 35-year-old added they were in a good state of mind despite the crushing disappointment of losing the first Test when they were in a strong position to win it. The second Test was a virtual washout -- at the same Ageas Bowl venue where the third Test gets underway on Friday -- due to bad light and rain.

TV series Ertugrul, which has run for five seasons (2014-19) and is a big hit in Pakistan, has proved a winner for raising morale, said Azhar.

The series, a mix of historical fiction and adventure, is based around the life of Ertugrul, the father of Osman I, who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire. 

Available to stream in England, it's been a crucial diversion for a squad confined to bio-secure sites for the duration of their stay.

"Yes I think there is no player who is not watching Ertugrul," Azhar said in his eve of match press conference conducted in Urdu. "It's tough to lift the side after losing a winning match but we have done well to lift ourselves and will do our best to level the series by winning this Test."