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Azhar Ali announces retirement from ODIs


LAHORE, (DNA) – Pakistan’s top-order batsman Azhar Ali announced his retirement from One Day International cricket on Thursday.

The 33-year-old featured in 53 ODIs, scoring 1845 runs that included three centuries and twelve half-centuries in the 50-over format since his debut in 2011.

During a press conference at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, Azhar told media that he wants to give chance to the youngsters and will concentrate more on the longer version.

He further said, “I believe that youngsters in the team are playing good cricket and are capable to take the team forward.”

The seasonal batsman played a key role in 2017 Champions Trophy as an opening partner of Fakhar Zaman, which was the highest ever opening run stand for Pakistan in the history of Champions Trophy.

On replying to a question he said that he took this decision without any pressure as he wants to focus on Test cricket. However, the right-handed batsman will continue playing in all formats in the domestic circuit.

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