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Shoaib Malik To Retire After 2019 World Cup

Web Desk(June 25, 2018): Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik on Monday announced that he will retire from one-day cricket after the next year’s World Cup in the UK. However, he will continue to play the T20 format subject to his fitness and performances.

Malik, who debuted for Pakistan in 1999 in an ODI against West Indies at Sharjah, made reporters aware of his decision during a press conference at Lahore ahead of Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe for a tri-nation T20 series (against the hosts and Australia) and a five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.“The 2019 World Cup is my last event of the 50-over cricket,” Malik said. “I will try to play T20 cricket if I continue to stay fit and put up performances.”

Malik has scored 6975 runs at an average of 35.22 with the help of nine 100s and 41 fifties and has taken 154 wickets at 38.65 runs per wicket. After Pakistan was knocked out of the 2007 World Cup following their defeats against hosts West Indies and Ireland, Malik was handed the reins of the side. He captained Pakistan in 56 matches across all formats, winning 36 and losing 18.Malik retired from Test cricket in 2015 after scoring his career-best 245 against England at Sharjah. When asked whether he missed Test cricket, he replied: “You enjoy Test cricket till the time you are fit. Sometimes you have to take strong decisions. Many people take them keeping their future in mind. But, I tried to take it keeping the future of Pakistan cricket in my mind.

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