Shoaib Malik had a disappointing World Cup campaign in England where he played just three games, scoring 8, 0 and 0 respectively. His golden duck against India was his last knock in One-Day International cricket. If sources are to be believed, Malik was keen to play against Bangladesh to end his career on a good note.
However, the team management did not include the out-of-form batsman in the side. But the Pakistan players ensured to give him a guard of honour after a massive 94-run win over Bangladesh in the showpiece event. Malik later took to Twitter to confirm the news.
In July, he also thanked his past and current teammates, coaches, fans as he wrote: “I retire from One Day International cricket. Huge Thank you to all the players I have played with, coaches I have trained under, family, friends, media, and sponsors. Most importantly my fans, I love you all.”
I might continue playing the game after this year’s World Cup if body permits: Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik retired from the longest format of the game in 2015 after scoring a double century in a home series against England in the UAE. However, he is still active in the T20 format.
Malik who turns 38 on February 1 was speaking to the reporters in Lahore that his previous announcement of quitting international cricket after this year’s T20 World Cup is not decided and thus he might continue to play the game after the marquee event if he is fit.
“Yes I had said I will retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup (in 2019) and I did that and I also said I might retire completely after the World Cup T20. But right now I think it is about short-term goals when the time comes I will think about it,” he said.
“As a senior player I have a responsibility and goal and thankfully my body is supporting me in my career and I will continue to play till I feel good about it. I am not someone who will hang around just for the sake of it,” he asserted.