Former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has announced his retirement from ODI cricket with immediate effect. He will not return for Pakistan to take field in white-ball cricket once again.
The 33-year-old represented Pakistan 53 times in ODI cricket, scoring 1845 runs at an average of 36.90. “Today I want to announce an important decision that I have made. I feel that the time is right for me to announce my retirement from the ODI format so that I can focus with my full energy on Test cricket and serve Pakistan for longer.”
Azhar cited that he has taken this decision because he felt the new and young talent should be given a chance and brought to limelight. “As a former ODI captain I wish the team the very best for what is an incredibly important season ahead of the World Cup next June. There are some talented young batsmen who are part of the set-up now and I am supremely confident that they will serve Pakistan cricket with distinction.”
He last appeared in an ODI match for Pakistan on 13th January, 2018 against New Zealand.