Pakistani batsman Shoaib Malik has announced his retirement from One day cricket after the final league match of this World Cup against Bangladesh without making his final appearance.
Shoaib Malik appeared in 287 one-day internationals and scored 7,534 runs with nine hundreds. As an off-spinner he finished with 158 wickets, while he also captained Pakistan in 41 ODIs.
Malik will continue to play T20 format.
“I am retiring from one-day cricket,” said Malik, who was dropped after a disappointing World Cup featuring two ducks in three matches.
“I’m sad as I’m leaving the format I loved the most but this will allow me to spend more time with my family and concentrate on the Twenty20 World Cup next year,” added Malik, who is married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.
Malik was disappointed as he wanted to finish his career on a high note.
You don’t judge a player on two or three matches, but I am still happy that the player who replaced me performed well,” Malik said of Haris Sohail, who scored half-centuries against South Africa and New Zealand.
“I never thought that I will play 20 years for Pakistan but when you play with hard work and honesty you achieve the best and that happened with me.
Surely Pakistan will miss your services, no doubt he was a great allrounder.
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