Senior Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali Thursday announced his retirement from limited overs cricket in order to concentrate fully on Test cricket.
Azhar, 33, said he had taken the decision to focus only on Test cricket and also because he felt the time was right.
"I have spoken to the chief selector, captain and the chairman of PCB before announcing my decision. I took the decision after giving it a lot of thought," he told reporters in Lahore.
A prolific player in the longest format, the 33-year-old played the last of his 53 ODIs against New Zealand in January, earlier this year.
His orthodox batting style in ODIs at an average of 36.90 and strike-rate of 74.45 has often come up for criticism.