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With the World Cup starting next month, Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has made it clear that he has no regrets about retiring from ODI cricket.
Azhar bid ODI cricket adieu last November in order to focus more on his Test career.
In the time that he has retired, Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman have excelled as Pakistan’s openers, which is something Azhar is incredibly pleased about.
“No – I’m a firm believer that whatever happens, it happens for the best,” he told Sky Sports. “Of course, you want to play as much as you can for your country, but when guys like Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, and Shan Masood are performing and playing well, then they deserve to play in the World Cup ahead of me.
“In my case, when Fakhar and Imam were doing so well, I thought it was the right time to call it a day in the 50-over format, and at the same time rest myself for Test cricket.
“I think we should all back the likes of Fakhar and Imam, and wish them well at the World Cup. I think it’s always best to retire with respect rather than being forced out.
“When you are playing Test cricket, you don’t want to focus on making a comeback in other formats, so I made a clear-minded decision to concentrate only on Test cricket in [the] future, and I am comfortable with this decision.”