Pakistan’s Top order batter and former Test Captain Azhar Ali announces retirement from test cricket. While talking to the press conference on Friday Azhar Ali said that Pak vs Eng third Test match of the ongoing series will be the last test match of his career that will take place in National Stadium Karachi.
Azhar said “It’s always a tough decision when to retire from the game. But this is the right time for me to announce it. He further said its an honor for me to represent Pakistan at the highest stage.”.
Azhar Ali thanked his family members for all their support and sacrifices due to which he has achieved these milestones. He feels to be a fulfilled cricketer at this state of time who has achieved a lot in his career.
Chairman of Pakistan cricket board Ramiz Raja reacts to Azhar Ali retirement and said he is the most sincere and committed player for Pakistan cricket.
Prior to this, he had announced his retirement from ODI cricket on 1 November 2018 after representing Pakistan in 53 ODI matches and he also had the honor to captain the Pakistan in 50 over format. Azhar never played a T20 international in his whole career.
Azhar Ali Achievements in Test Cricket
As Azhar Ali Announces Retirement from Test Cricket lets have a look at key achievements of his test career which made him one of the best top order batsman in Test cricket for Pakistan.
- Azhar Ali made his Test debut against mighty Australia in Lords in 2010.
- He has played 96 test matches and in 178 innings he scored 7097 runs with the help of 19 centuries and 54 fifties.
- He scored two double centuries against Bangladesh and Australia and a Triple hundred 302* against West Indies with an average of (42.49).
- Azhar Ali is Pakistan’s fifth leading runs scorer behind Yonis Khan, Inzamam ul Haq, Javed Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf.
- Azhar is also the 6th most capped Pakistani player in test cricket.