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Anwar Ali announces retirement from first class cricket

Pakistan fast pacer Anwar Ali has announced retirement from first-class cricket on Saturday.

Anwar who will turn 34 on the 25th of this month, says he will now fully focus on white-ball cricket.

While talking to a news outlet, Anwar said that he has made his mind following the third round of the Quaid e Azam Trophy and conveyed his decision to the team management.

“I think the time has come to vacate the place for some youngster to excel in first-class cricket. There are many knocking on the doors for an opportunity in Sindh’s first XI side. I believe it is important to give them an opportunity,” the Karachi-based all-rounder said.

Anwar also refuted reports that the decision was due to a clash with Abu Dhabi T10 Leagues.

“My retirement has nothing to do with my contracts with leagues. This is not the first time, I’ve been playing both – leagues and domestic cricket, there was no change in my mindset regarding that. I was thinking about it for the last few days,” he said.

“I am fully available for white-ball cricket, I will be playing the Pakistan Cup one-day tournament as well. It is just a break for my red-ball career because there’s always a time when something has to end, so this is the end of my first-class career,” he said.

“Although I am fully fit and bowling with full rhythm, I know what my body needs. So, I took this decision in the better interest of my team and youngsters who were waiting for opportunities,” Anwar said.

Anwar made his first-class debut in 2007 and has played 108 first-class matches, taking 349 wickets.

He has also scored a century and 11 half-centuries in his 2,670 first-class career runs.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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