On one side the Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu announced to retrieve from retirement, there on another hand Pakistani cricketer Azhar Ali is thinking to do the same.
Azhar Ali has played 53 ODI and 73 Test matches for Pakistan. He captained the Pakistan team in 31 ODI. He gave up the ODI captaincy because of the poor performance of the team.
“I decided to retire because I didn’t see any place for me in the one-day squad and I felt my place was not certain for the World Cup, so I decided to call it a day from the format,” Azhar said in Lahore on Thursday.
Recently he was asked if selectors approach him to play in ODIs would he think for the comeback. The Pakistan player expressed that he won’t miss the opportunity.
“I will review my retirement decision if such a time comes but for now I am retired from this format. The PCB is yet to make appointments for team coaches and selection committee so it is too early to think about my retirement,” he added.
Azhar Ali is not happy with Pakistan’s performance
The 34-year old still play in Test matches for Pakistan but has retired from ODI format before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Currently, Azhar is focusing on Test matches.
“I think as a team we need to start doing well in Test matches and we need to not only win our home series but also go and win in countries like England, Australia and South Africa to become a top team.”
When asked about the current team performance of the team, Azhar Ali admitted that players need to hard work and accepted that hopefully, they would come back with a strong team.