Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from ODI cricket on Monday, June 25. He will be playing his last ODI series in the World Cup 2019 to be hosted in the UK.
Speaking to the press at Lahore ahead of the tri-nation T20 series, he made his statement. He further added that he will continue to play T20 matches subject to his health and fitness.
“The 2019 World Cup is my last event of the 50-over cricket.”
“I will try to play T20 cricket if I continue to stay fit and put up performances,” Malik said.
Malik who debuted for the national team in 1999 has amassed a total score of 6975 runs at an average of 35.22 that includes his 41 half centuries and 9 full centuries. As a bowler, he has taken 154 wickets at an average of 38.65 runs per wicket. Malik took the rein of Pakistan after the team was knocked out of the 2007 World Cup.
During his tenure as captain, he played 56 matches across all formats losing 18 and winning 36 of them. In his statement, he added, “If you have made goals for yourself that keep you running. I have made some for myself. We have already won two big events: the World T20 [in 2009] and the Champions Trophy [in 2017]. The only thing left in my career [to win] is that 50-over World Cup. That is the thing I am looking at which makes me work hard. I have big hopes for these youngsters and myself. We are going to give our best.”
Malik already retired from Test cricket in 2015 and when asked whether he misses the long format, he replied-“You enjoy Test cricket till the time you are fit. Sometimes you have to take strong decisions. Many people take them keeping their future in mind. But, I tried to take it keeping the future of Pakistan cricket in my mind.
“Of course, I also thought about myself while announcing the retirement. I had to give time to my family and prolong my cricketing career. I have no regret that I made that decision. It came out in public like I took it overnight. That gap of five years in which I did not play a Test was a huge one. And, my retirement provided two-three youngsters an opportunity to play Test cricket. Now they are performing for the side on a consistent basis. One can also serve your nation by retiring.”
From today Pakistan’s training camp for the Zimbabwe tour will begin and the team will leave for the African nation on Thursday, June 28.