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Azhar Ali retires from ODI cricket

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 Published: 05:55 PM, 1 November 2018   Updated: 05:55 PM, 1 November 2018

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Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has announced his retirement from ODI cricket, saying he wishes to prolong his Test career.

"It is not a decision that I have taken suddenly," he told reporters. "I had been considering this for quite some time. I think the time is right for me to focus on Test cricket.

"This is my personal decision for the betterment of my career."

Azhar last appeared in white-ball cricket for Pakistan in New Zealand in January. Though he has spent periods in and out of Pakistan's 50-over team – and endured a trying spell as captain that saw the side drop to ninth in the ICC Rankings – he proved a vital part of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy victory, scoring 228 runs at 45.60.

The 33-year-old emphasised his support for the white-ball team under current skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

"All of us should support Sarfraz," he said. "He is doing a brilliant job. He is handling everything very well. The team has gelled very well under him."

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