During a press conference on Friday, Azhar Ali, a standout batter for Pakistan, announced his retirement from international cricket. It has been confirmed by Azhar that his farewell international participation for Pakistan will be in the third and final Test of the series against England. For Pakistan, the former captain has played in 96 Tests and 53 One-Day Internationals.
In a statement, Azhar Ali said, “It has been a great honour and privilege for me to represent my country at the highest level. It’s hard to know when to call it off, but after a lot of thought, I decided that now is the right time for me to stop playing Test cricket.
“In this hard but beautiful journey, there are a lot of people I’m grateful to. I want to say something special about my family because, without their sacrifices, I wouldn’t be where I am now. My strength has come from my family: my parents, my wife, my siblings, and my children.
“I have been fortunate to share a dressing room with some of the greatest cricketers, with whom I share a special bond. I feel immensely enriched by naming these individuals my friends. I am also fortunate to have played under some exceptional coaches, for whom I will always be grateful,” remarked Azhar.
Azhar added that he was “very proud” to be leading the Pakistani team.
“I resign from international cricket as a fulfilled cricketer who accomplished the majority of his aims. The fact that I was able to captain Pakistan is a source of tremendous satisfaction for me, as not many cricketers go on to represent their nations.
“From beginning my career as a leg-spinner as a youngster to becoming a staple in the Test batting order, I experienced the most memorable moments of my life, which I will treasure forever,” said Azhar.