Azhar Ali announces retirement, Karachi Test against England to be his last

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Azhar Ali announces retirement, Karachi Test against England to be his last

Karachi: Azhar Ali, the veteran Pakistani batsman, announced his retirement from international cricket on Friday. He declared the ongoing Test match a

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Karachi: Azhar Ali, the veteran Pakistani batsman, announced his retirement from international cricket on Friday. He declared the ongoing Test match against England in Karachi, to be the last of his 15-year illustrious career.

The 37-year-old Azhar made his international debut for Pakistan in 2010 at the Asia Cup, and has since appeared in 298 matches across all formats. Accumulating 14,599 international runs, he scored 31 hundreds and 75 half-centuries, in a career that will be remembered for his tenacity and unwavering commitment to cricket.

Highlights of Azhar’s career include a memorable century in 2010 against Australia in Hobart. He also briefly held the world record for the highest number of runs scored in a Test series in 2016, after scores of 302 and 106 against West Indies in the UAE.

Azhar was also at the helm of the Pakistan Test side in 2016, leading them to a drawn series against West Indies in the UAE. He never featured in an ODI World Cup nor a T20 World Cup, and is credited for his inspiring performances in domestic cricket championships.

Azhar’s retirement comes in the wake of Pakistan’s disjointed tour of South Africa earlier this year, in which he scored only 42 runs in three innings. He was not selected for the match against Zimbabwe in October, and the recent series against New Zealand.

Azhar Ali will forever be remembered as a formidable batsman, a truthful servant and a devoted leader. We wish him all the best for his future endeavours as he bows out from international cricket.

Azhar Ali Announces Retirement

Pakistani cricketer Azhar Ali has announced that his upcoming Test match against England in Karachi will be his last. Azhar has served his country for 14 years, with one of his most memorable performances coming against Australia in the 2010-11 series.

Azhar Ali: A Glorious Career

Azhar Ali has been a key member of the Pakistani batting lineup for the past 14 years. He has made 32 centuries and 52 half-centuries in both formats of the game. His highest Test score of 302 against West Indies in 2017 is a record-high score by a Pakistani opener. Additionally, Azhar has scored the most runs by a Pakistani in a Test series, when he smashed 809 runs in Australia during their tour in 2018-19.

Statisitcal Achievements

Azhar Ali’s career will be remembered for his supreme batting talent as well as his consistency. He is the fourth highest run-scorer in Test matches for Pakistan and stands fourth on the list of all-time leading Test run-scorers. Here are some of his top achievements:

  • Highest Test run-scorer of Pakistan: 8,064 runs
  • Most Test centuries by a Pakistani: 32 centuries
  • Second most Test fifties by a Pakistani: 52 half-centuries
  • Most Test runs for Pakistan in an overseas series: 809 runs in Australia in 2018-19

Farewell Test in Karachi

Azhar Ali will bid farewell to international cricket in his hometown Karachi on 11th January 2021. At this match, the Pakistani cricket team will wear vintage kits to pay a fitting tribute to the outgoing cricketer.

Azhar has thanked his family, teammates, coaches, selectors and fans for their immense support over the years. He also mentioned that he is confident that the upcoming generation of cricketers will continue to shine in international cricket.

Azhar Ali will always be remembered for his contribution to Pakistani cricket, and we wish him luck in his future endeavours.

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