Azhar Ali to Return in White-Ball Cricket
After spending two years away from the game, Azhar Ali has revealed that he is joining Worcestershire for the One-Day Cup. The Pakistan veteran will also play in the County Championship this season, but he will be in the 50-over tournament as well.
Azhar Ali will play One-Day Internationals for Worcestershire County Cricket Club in the Royal London Cup 2022 after three years apart. He scored 6279 List A runs at an average of 47.20, including 17 centuries and 36 half-centuries, in the County Championship 2022.
“Azhar’s inclusion in the Rapids’ squad for August’s 50-over competition is a huge boost to their chances of victory,” Worcestershire said.
“I love List A cricket and am delighted to be able to play the entire Royal London Cup campaign,” said Azhar Ali.
“The Rapids had some good victories in last year’s competition, including a magnificent performance to win at Essex.”
“I hope I can play my part in helping them to do even better and qualify for the knockout stages, and then, who knows what can happen?
“There are some fine players in our squad, and we have the capabilities to do well,” he said.
At the age of 37, Pakistan’s experienced fifty-over cricketer played for Somerset County Cricket Club in 2019. He accumulated 1845 runs at an average of 36.2 while playing for Pakistan in 53 ODIs. He has become a vital part of Pakistan’s Test batting line-up, which makes him a valuable white-ball cricketer. Despite a nice ICC Champions Trophy 2017 performance, he left white-ball cricket in 2018.
In 50-over games, he has scored 6,278 runs at an average of 47.20, with 17 centuries and 36 half-centuries. Azhar lead Somerset to a 50-over tournament victory three years ago, when he played for them.