File photo of Azhar Ali. Photograph:( Reuters )
The right-handed batsman said he wanted to focus on his test career.
Former Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali on Thursday announced his retirement from one-day international cricket. The right-handed batsman said he wanted to focus on his test career.
"I haven't taken this decision suddenly. I have been thinking about it," Azhar told reporters in Lahore. "It's the right time to focus on tests. There have been terrific players in one-dayers in the Pakistan set-up.
"I want to concentrate on tests with the same fitness and energy that I have been. I didn't decide to retire after any hard feelings. It's my personal decision."
The 33-year-old became captain of Pakistan's ODI side after the 2015 World Cup but was replaced by Sarfraz Ahmed at the start of 2017 after a string of poor results.