Azhar Ali has been a great promoter of Test cricket for Pakistan. The 37-year-old has played 97 Tests and scored 7142 runs with the help of 19 centuries.
Ali, Pakistan’s fifth-highest run-scorer in red-ball cricket, ahead of the 3rd ongoing Karachi Test, announced that he would retire from the sport after this match.
On Day 3 of the 3rd Test, Ali ended his 12-year-long career on a low note as he registered a duck in his final innings. In the first inning, Ali scored 45 (68) but had to settle with a four-ball duck in the following one.
Despite the disappointment, Pakistani players did not forget to honour his legacy, and Ali received a special guard of honour from his teammates, who wished him a happy farewell.
Even the England players and Jack Leach, who picked up Ali’s wicket, rushed to congratulate Ali on a fantabulous career.
Earlier, Azhar had received a commemorative shirt and a plaque from former Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and current star Shan Masood.
Reacting to his retirement, before the match, Ali penned an emotional note and said, “Not Many cricketers go on to lead their countries, and for me to get that opportunity is a matter of great pride. I started as a leg-spinner and became a key player in batting, I had the loveliest moments of my life that I will cherish forever. “