Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi, Ali said the team was looking to improve their performance after the team’s last unsuccessful Test stint in Australia.
He stressed that as captain he would need to put up an exemplary display in hopes of leading the team to victory.
“As a captain I have to lead the team by example and so I will try my best to put on a big score and perform well so that we can win,” he said.
The skipper added that the team was not going to take their opponents lightly. “We cannot underestimate our opponent. They have the capability and have always played in a disciplined manner,” Ali said.
“We need to be able to perform against them and manage the pressure at the same time. We can’t perform if we can’t handle the pressure,” the 34-year-old added.
When asked about the playing XI for the first Test, Ali said, the team would be selected after looking at the conditions tomorrow.
“Judging by the changing weather, the toss will be crucial for us. The playing XI would then be decided on the given conditions of course but I do have a say on the matter,” he said.
The Pakistani skipper also extended his gratitude towards the Sri Lankan team for playing a major part in the revival of home cricket.
“We are over the moon that the series is being held at home. This move was pivotal for reviving cricket in Pakistan I am very thankful for them. We will be very hospitable towards our guests,” he added.