Picture of Azhar Ali

Azhar Ali

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break
Played for:
Pakistan, Abbottabad Rhinos, Khan Research Laboratories, Lahore, Lahore Blues, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Lions, Pakistan A, PCB Greens, Punjab Stallions, Punjab (P), Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, Pakistan Under-19, Baluchistan Warriors
Roles played:
ICC Rank:
Home country:
February 19, 1985, Lahore, Punjab


Azhar Ali's entry into the Pakistan team was on the back of some strong performances in the domestic circuit. Following his prolific run-scoring seasons with Khan Research Laboratories and an impressive Pakistan A's tour of Australia, the youngster finally reaped rewards of his hard work when he was drafted into the national side following the exclusions of Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan in the Test series against Australia in 2010.

With a huge responsibility on his shoulders to emulate the stalwarts and come up with the goods, he made sure that the selectors weren't disappointed, scoring a half-century in arduous conditions in the fourth innings in just his second Test helping Pakistan achieve their first Test victory over Australia in 15 years, at Headingley.

He continued to impress with consistent performances on tours to England, UAE(vs South Africa) and New Zealand. For a player possessing immense concentration, one of his shortcomings were the inability to convert fifties into hundreds but soon he got into that groove and started scoring 'daddy' hundreds.

Two scores of 157 first against England in Dubai and then against Sri Lanka in Colombo and that too in difficult conditions impressed one and all and soon he became an integral part of the Pakistan Test batting line-up. His magnificent innings of 157 against England in the 3rd Test in Dubai was a perfect example of the determination and patience one must possess in order to become a top level Test player.

He had a bright start to his ODI career but soon inconsistencies started to creep in and he went out of favour. Patience personified, his greatest strength is his temperament. His ability to structure the innings along with developing crucial partnerships makes him a different player altogether in the league of upcoming youngsters who are naturally flamboyant.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 39 74 2851 5 41.31 39.56 7 18 157
ODI 14 14 452 3 41.09 64.84 0 4 96
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 39 11 222 132 2 1/4 / 66.00 3.56 0 0 0 0
ODI 14 3 48 41 0 0/12 / - 5.12 0 0 0 1
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 35 0 2
ODI 2 0 1


Pakistan Vs Australia at Lord's, London - Jul 13, 2010
Last played:
Pakistan Vs New Zealand at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Nov 26, 2014
Pakistan Vs Ireland at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast - May 30, 2011
Last played:
Pakistan Vs India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata - Jan 03, 2013