Former ODI captain Azhar Ali announced his retirement from ODI cricket on November 1 last year, so for some it was not a surprise decision. Azhar Ali scored 228 runs in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy with three half-centuries in five matches.
He was dropped by the tea management and the National Selection Committee after making just 12 runs in New Zealand’s three ODI matches tour of 2018.
Azhar Ali, who played the first ODI against Ireland in Belfast on May 30, 2011, helped 1845 runs with 3 centuries and 12 half centuries in an average of 36.90 in 53 matches.
34-year-old Azhar Ali led the national team in 31 ODIs, where 12 Pakistan won, and 18 were defeated. He scored more than 400 runs in 7 matches for English County Somerset in 2018, and is also representing Somerset in the current season. However, this year he has also played one-day cricket with the county participating in first class competitions.
According to media reports, Somerset County asked Azhar Ali to retire from ODI for a three-year contract so that he could be available for the entire season and don’t take a half-season off. Azhar Ali Contact Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, Coach Mikey Arthur and Captain Sarfraz Ahmed where he was told that his name was not being considered for the World Cup squad and that he was not part of a future plan after which the former captain made retirement.