Shoaib Malik has announced that he will say goodbye to one-day cricket after the World Cup next year in England. However, if his form and fitness are good, he will continue to play T20 cricket. Malik, who started the one-day cricket against the West Indies in 1998, announced this during the press conference in Lahore.
Malik said, “The 2019 World Cup will be my last ODI match, although if I was fit and managed to do well, then I will play T20 in the future. I won the Champions Trophy in the T20 World Cup in 2009 and 2017 and now it is for me.
We have won the 50-over World Cup, we will do our best to win this tournament and I hope the team will do well in the World Cup. When the year has been very hard for this tournament.
Malik, who has captained Pakistan in 2007, has scored 6975 runs in 261 one-day internationals with an average of 35.22, which includes 9 centuries and 41 fifties. In addition, he has also taken 154 wickets with the ball.
Shoaib Malik had said goodbye to Test cricket during the series against England in the year 2015. On the question asked about him, Malik said, “You can enjoy Test cricket only when you fit, although you have to make big decisions.
I have also taken this decision considering the future of Pakistan cricket. With my retirement, three to four young players got the chance to play, who are doing well now.
The Pakistan team is scheduled to tour Zimbabwe this time, where the team has to take part in the T20 triangular series against Australia and Zimbabwe. This is followed by a 5-match ODI series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.