Breaking news: Azhar Ali retires from ODIs and T20s

Azhar Ali has decided to call it a day from the ODI format of the game with immediate effect a few minutes back in a press conference in Lahore. He hasn’t been considered to play since the New Zealand tour earlier this year where he couldn’t muster many runs. Also, with the emergence of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq at the top of the order, has left no room for the experienced cricketer to make a comeback in Pakistan colours.

“Decided to take retirement on personal reasons. Will carry on playing Tests. Playing for Pakistan & than being Captain was an honor but most memorable moment of ODI cricket was winning CT2017. I’ll keep on playing all formats of domestic” Azhar Ali

Azhar who has decided to take retirement from one-days. The 33-years-old seasoned batsman, however, will continue to play Test and T20 cricket.

Since his debut in 2011, Azhar has played 53 ODIs and lead the national cricket team between 2015 and 2017 when, following his resignation, incumbent skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was appointed captain in ODI format.

Azhar played his last ODI against New Zealand on January 13, 2018. Having said that, the veteran remains a vital cog of the Test side and will look to extend his career in the whites now.

We Thank you, Azhar Ali, for your services in ODI cricket. We can’t forget your performance in CT17. Looking forward to some more big scores & great performances from you in Tests! All the very best Azhar Ali