Former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has announced his retirement from ODI cricket in order to prolong his Test career.
"It is not a decision that I have taken suddenly; I had been considering this for quite some time." the 33-year-old batsman said in a press conference. "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 wished Sarfraz — the man who succeeded him as the national team's skipper in the 50-over format — his best wishes.
"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."