Azhar Ali, a former Test captain and top-order batsman for Pakistan, has decided to retire from red-ball cricket.
After Saturday’s third Test against England in Karachi, in which he is expected to be one of Pakistan’s most productive hitters, Azhar Ali has announced his retirement.
During his two distinct terms as captain, from 2016 to 2020, Azhar led Pakistan in nine Tests.
It’s been a tremendous honour and pleasure to compete for my nation at the highest levels.” The 37-year-old batsman stated during a press conference at National Bank Cricket Arena, “Deciding when to call it a day is always challenging, but after pondering thoroughly, I realised that this is the appropriate moment for me to retire from Test cricket.”
“So many individuals have helped me along this challenging but rewarding path. I’d want to give particular thanks to my parents and siblings, without whose support and sacrifices I never would have gotten this far. My family—especially my parents, wife, and kids—have been my rock.
I’ve had the good fortune to become close friends with some of the world’s best cricketers thanks to the shared experience of dressing room life. Having these people in my life as friends has enriched me immeasurably. It has also been my good fortune to have had the opportunity to play for and learn from some very inspiring coaches.
I resign from international cricket as a fulfilled player who accomplished the majority of his aims. I am really proud of the fact that I was selected to captain Pakistan, since very few cricket players go on to represent their country. From my early days as a leg-spinner as a youngster to my later years as a staple in the Test batting line-up, I had some of the most memorable and enjoyable times of my life,” sad Azhar Ali.
“Azhar Ali has been one of the most passionate and faithful workers of Pakistan cricket,” said PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja in a statement. Many young cricketers look up to him as a role model because of his perseverance and dedication.
The PCB head expressed his desire that Azhar “play a part in the growth of Pakistan cricket” and “share his extensive expertise and experience with emerging players.”