Pakistan one-day captain Azhar Ali. – A file photo

PESHAWAR: Former Pakistan test cricket captain Azhar Ali has announced retirement from One Day International (ODI) cricket on Thursday.

Addressing a news conference in Lahore, Azhar Ali said, I am retiring from ODI on personal reasons and the decision is made after thorough deliberations.

Azhar said he would continue playing Test cricket. The 33-year-old had been dumped from Pakistan´s one-day side since a flop series in New Zealand in January, where he earned just 12 runs in three matches — including a duck at Dunedin, that proved to be his last match.

Azhar will be remembered as a Test batsman, having scored a triple and a double hundred in the last two years.

Azhar´s tally of runs in 53 one-day internationals stood at 1,845 runs at an average of 36.90 including three hundreds and 12 half centuries.