Former captain and Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik has stated that he has not even thought about his retirement and he still is fit to continue playing for his nation. The 39-year-old hasn’t featured for the Pakistan T20 side from last year but has been playing franchise cricket globally and is one of the best fielders going around. He has retired from ODI and test cricket.
Shoaib Malik was the captain of the Pakistan T20 side that made it to the finals of the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. He has become a specialist T20 batsman over the years and can be very destructive at times. He has played 116 T20 games for South Africa scoring 2335 runs at an average of 31.1 and a healthy strike rate of 124. He can anchor the innings as well as play the big shots.
“I Have Not Even Thought About retirement” – Shoaib Malik
The veteran batsman Shoaib Malik made a big statement that he has no plans to retire and even hasn’t thought about it yet. He was happy to contribute to the team with the bat, the ball, or in the field and added that he is fit. He announced that he has signed in some league for two years and is surprised by the question of retirement.
“I am saying very clearly today I have not even thought about retirement. I have no plans to retire now because I am fit, I can bat, I can bowl and I can bowl. I have recently signed two-year contracts in some leagues so where does the question of me taking retirement after the World Cup arise,” said Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik Keen To Play More
Malik mentioned that he can still save runs in the field and there is no need for the captain to hide him due to the age factor. He stated that he can run fast between the wickets and he can also bowl if needed. He is raising the bar on his fitness to compete with the youngsters and is still looking to get back on the team.
“I can field in hotspots, I can take two runs and I can save two runs. When I have to bowl I can also bowl and I am batting well. My fitness is top grade,” he added
Malik recently pointed out the team management is responsible for Pakistan’s loss to Zimbabwe and wanted to have the skipper Babar Azam have more of a say.