The World Cup is due to begin soon as Pakistan regroup and reorient themselves to put up a strong show on the biggest stage. They will, however, not be joined by one of the consistent performers of the victorious Champions Trophy campaign, Azhar Ali, who recently announced his retirement from limited overs cricket.
Azhar bid farewell to ODI cricket in November last year, and has emphasized his intentions on prolonging his stint with the Test unit. Asked about any regrets over his decision to quit ODI cricket at a relatively young age, Azhar said he had none and in fact is happy for the sound replacement Pakistan found in Imam-ul-Haq.
“No – I’m a firm believer that whatever happens, it happens for the best. Of course, you want to play as much as you can for your country, but when guys like Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, and Shan Masood are performing and playing well, then they deserve to play in the World Cup ahead of me,” Azhar elaborated in an interview with an English publication.