Pakistani batter Azhar Ali announces retirement from Test format

Azhar Ali has declared that he will stop playing Test cricket after the third match against England in Karachi.

Pakistani batter Azhar Ali has declared that he will stop playing Test cricket after the third match against England in Karachi, which begins on December 17. After Younis Khan, Javed Miandad, Inzamam Ul Haq, and Mohammad Yousuf, Azhar retires as Pakistan’s fifth-highest run scorer in the format. He has 7097 runs in 96 games at an average of 42.49 going into his final match.

“It has been a great honour and privilege for me to represent my country at the highest level. Deciding on when to call it a day is always tough, but, after contemplating deeply, I realised that this is the right time for me to retire from Test cricket,” Azhar said.

“I have been blessed to share the dressing room with some of the most outstanding cricketers with whom I share a strong bond. I feel much richer by calling these people my friends. I am also blessed to have played under some wonderful coaches to whom I will always remain grateful,” he added.

“Azhar Ali has been one of the most committed and loyal servants of Pakistan cricket. His grit and determination have been an inspiration for many young cricketers and he is a role model for up and coming cricketers,” PCB chairman Ramiz Raja said.