Star Pakistan’s all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales will be his last One Day International tournament. Malik, who also captained Pakistan in the past, retired from Test cricket in 2015 and now only plays in small format.
Malik, who debuted for Pakistan in 1999 in the one-day match against the West Indies in Sharjah, told reporters during a press conference in Lahore before touring Pakistan in Zimbabwe in the tri-nation T20 series (host and Australia). Done The five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.
Malik, however, said that he will continue to play Twenty20 cricket as long as he remains fit.
Media reports have been quoted by Malik as saying, “Cricket World Cup 2019 is my last event of 50 overs cricket. I will try to keep fit and continue the show.” He retired from Test in 2015.
Malik has scored 6975 runs with an average of 35.22 with the help of nine 100 and 41 fifties and has taken 154 wickets at 38.65 runs per wicket. After the defeat against hosts West Indies and Ireland, Pakistan was dropped out of the 2007 World Cup, Malik was handed over to the team. He captained Pakistan in 56 matches in all formats, won 36 and lost 18.
Pakistan goes into the T20I triangular series against Zimbabwe and Australia, which is in top spot since July 1. And since Sarfaraz Ahmed took over captaincy in small format after Pakistan’s 2016 World Twenty20 campaign in India, he has yet to lose a T20 series.
“There is only one thing left in my career, that is the 50-over World Cup, this is the thing I see, which I have to work hard. I have great expectations from these young people and myself.”
“You learn to play a match regardless of its nature or your experience. In a club match, you learn the things you do not do during practice. The team has performed better in small format because it is more the match, “he concluded.
Emphasizing the importance of giving time to the family, he said that there was no regret in this decision, and he made this decision in view of the future of Pakistan cricket.