Azhar Ali announces retirement from international cricket
Pakistan’s former test captain Azhar Ali has announced his retirement from international cricket, telling reporters on Friday that the test match against England would be his last.
Addressing a press conference in Karachi, test cricketer said that tomorrow’s Karachi test will be the last match of his career.
While announcing the retirement, Azhar Ali became overwhelmed and thanked his seniors and colleagues for ‘supporting him’ throughout the career.
“I am grateful to them, I request them to continue supporting Pakistan cricket in the same way,” he said to his fans.
While speaking about hurdles he faced during his career, he furthered: Everything comes to its end, I suffered from injuries for four to five years, my family sacrificed a lot for my career but now I will be able to give them enough time.”
With 7,097 runs in 96 matches at an average of 42.49, Azhar is Pakistan’s fifth leading Test run-getter behind Younis Khan (10,099), Javed Miandad (8,832), Inzamam-ul-Haq (8,829) and Mohammad Yousuf (7,530).
Azhar is the only Pakistan batter to score a triple-century in a pink-ball Test, a feat that he achieved against the West Indies in Dubai in 2016.
He retired from one-day internationals (ODIs) in 2018, a year after helping Pakistan win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.