Shoaib Malik Eyes 2020 World Twenty20 Before Hanging up Boots

Published - 09 May 2018, 11:30 PM | Updated - 09 May 2018, 11:32 PM

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik (Credits: Getty Images)

Former Pakistan skipper, Shoaib Malik has set his sights on continue playing cricket at least till the 2020 World Twenty20.

However, the 36-year-old veteran is well aware of the fact that to do so he will have to remain at the top of his game for the next couple of years. Given his age, it surely won’t be an easy thing for him.

Malik retired from Tests at the end of 2015 after earning an unexpected return to the team after a gap of five years. However, he decided to call it quits after the three-match Test series. Despite his retirement from Test cricket, he is still an active member of the Pakistan limited overs side.

“The 2019 World Cup, 50-over cricket, is my last World Cup, but I want to play in the World T20 in 2020, that is my goal for Twenty20 cricket,” Malik was quoted as saying in a statement from the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament.

“These are the two big goals which I’m looking at – let’s see how it goes. If I’m consistently performing, then I want to play these two World Cups.”

A reliable middle-order batsman and a handy off-break bowler, Malik played 35 Tests for Pakistan. Besides his Test career, he also appeared in 261 ODI’s and 95 T20I’s for Pakistan.

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Shoaib Malik has the knack of hitting the ball long and hard. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Malik has been a part of the Barbados Tridents squad in the Caribbean Premier League for the last five years. However, he has now joined Guyana Amazon Warriors for the 2018 edition of the tournament. It will be played from 8th August to 16th September.

Malik has signed for Guyana Amazon Warriors for 2018 season of CPL

“Guyana is more like you’re playing in the sub-continent I think,” said Malik.

He has also been part of the Indian Premier League and the Australian Big Bash League in the past. He stressed on the fact that it depends on the performance of the player on a particular day which is key for success.

“But on that particular day performance is the key of any cricketer and that’s what I’m looking for. Obviously, if you’re playing for a new team, the expectations are a lot from you. When they have seen someone that did well for a longer run, the expectations are obviously high.”

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Shoaib Malik has played an imperative role for Pakistan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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