Azhar Ali, former Pakistani Test cricketer, has reached another milestone in his career during the current County Champions in England, by achieving 16,000 First-Class runs while playing for Worcestershire. This feat positions him as the 17th Pakistani cricketer to reach this landmark, joining the likes of cricket legends such as Misbah-ul-Haq, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, and Younis Khan.
Azhar Ali is currently Pakistan’s fifth-highest run-scorer in red-ball cricket, with 7,142 runs from 97 matches, including 19 centuries and 35 half-centuries. He is also the sole Pakistani player to have scored a triple century in a pink ball match against the West Indies in 2016 in the UAE.
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Despite announcing his retirement from international cricket after a test match against England last year, the 37-year-old cricketer has continued to perform, notably scoring an unbeaten 202 in a match against Leicestershire in the County. As an opener, Azhar has a unique record of scoring a double hundred at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and in the ongoing edition, he has already scored 312 runs.
Commenting on his performance, Sussex coach Paul Farbrace praised Azhar Ali as a “fantastic cricketer” and a testament to the game, highlighting his patient approach.