Azhar Ali, a former captain of Pakistan, ends his Test career.

Azhar Ali, Pakistan’s fifth-highest Test run-scorer, will retire from the format after this week’s series finale against England in Karachi: “This day comes for everyone. I’ll be on my own time and on my own.” Happy with friends. I have many good memories

Pakistani batsman Azhar Ali will retire from Test cricket after the third and final match of the series against England.

The 37-year-old announced the news at a pre-match press conference on Friday, with Saturday’s match in Karachi set to be his 96th and final Test for his country.

Azhar has scored 7,097 Test runs at an average of 42.49 with 19 centuries and 35 half-centuries and is Pakistan’s fifth highest run-scorer in the format, behind only Younis Khan (10,099), Javed Miandad (8,832). , Inzamam-ul-Haq (8,829) and Muhammad Yusuf (7,530).

The right-hander, a former Pakistan captain, said, “This will be my last match for Pakistan. “This day comes for everyone. I’m happy with my time and the friends I’ve made.

“It is a great honor and privilege for me to represent my country at the highest level. Deciding when to call it a day is always difficult, but after thinking deeply, I feel that It is the right time for me to retire from Test cricket

“I have had the privilege of sharing the dressing room with some of the best cricketers with whom I have a strong bond.

“I feel so much richer to call these people my friends.

“I retired from international cricket as a complete cricketer who ticked most of the goals set for me, not many cricketers are able to lead their country and that I managed to captain Pakistan. , it is a matter of great pride for me.

“From being a kid who started as a leg-spinner to becoming a mainstay in the Test batting line-up, I had some of the most beautiful moments of my life that I will always remember.”

Azhar, who was ruled out of the second Test against England in Multan last week, played the last of his 53 ODIs in January 2018 and has never played a T20I.

Michael Atherton of Sky Sports Cricket said of Azhar: “He is a very proud man and has been a great cricketer for Pakistan.

“His great misfortune was to play at a time when Pakistan were in exile – it was his 76th Test before he played at home.

“When he got to play his first Test in Pakistan against Sri Lanka, it was very emotional for him. He scored a century in that match and he would love to end his career with a century.”

“He gave a moving address to the media in both Urdu and English. He wept a little, thanked all his friends and family. High.”

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