LAHORE - Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has said that the series victory against Zimbabwe gave Pakistani players confidence and would also prove helpful for Sri Lanka tour.

Speaking at the post-match media talk on Sunday night, Azhar said: “The series was important in two ways. First, it was in Pakistan so it was very exciting and emotional for us and secondly, it was important to win to get confidence.

"By winning, we get confidence in the team and it breeds a culture of winning. We shouldn't focus too much on the opposition but focus on creating a culture of winning,” he added.

"Victory is a victory. The boys gave full effort and played very well while Zimbabwe also played very well and made the series a success. Winning takes effort and it will help us a lot in the future,” he said.

Azhar said: "Although we were short by 30 to 40 runs in the last ODI, but 296 is still a good total to defend. Even if we had won a match, I don't think we would have gotten a point. Of course, winning 3-0 is better but you really cannot control rain."

When asked about poor bowling standard of Pakistan team during the entire series, the captain replied: “We have a lot of injuries in the bowling department. Yes, it’s true the bowlers kept on struggling during the entire series but hopefully for Sri Lanka tour, all bowlers will be available and then we will decide the team combination.

"Due to conditions and field restrictions, it is very tough for bowlers. Our bowling attack was very outstanding but Yasir Shah and Wahab Riaz did well,” he added.

About youngsters, Azhar said: “The players coming through have the talent and temperament. Hopefully, they will blossom and be part of a great team combination. We all will try to prepare a unit which can compete with any team in the world.

"Babar Azam made his debut and performed in a tough position and under pressure. Hopefully in coming future, we will find more players who can perform under pressure," he added. "By the grace of God, since I became captain, I have been successful in playing the way I want to. "In terms of the Champions Trophy, we need to experiment too but also need experience," he said.

“I want to dedicate this series win to Azmat Rana, our coach and great player, who passed away the other day. I have good memories of him and we can’t forget this big loss."