The One Day International career of Shoaib Malik has come to an end as Pakistan’s world cup journey ended on Friday(July 5). The 37-year-old will continue to play the T20 format, but he admitted it was an emotional moment to call time on his ODI career. Malik had last year announced that he will retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup which is going on in England and Wales.
Malik, 37, played just three matches for Pakistan in the ongoing World Cup, scoring just eight runs (including two ducks). He also had to face a lot of criticism after Pakistan’s loss to India at Edgbaston on June 16. A video had gone viral which claimed that Malik and few other Pakistani cricketers were partying and socializing on the night prior to the much-anticipated clash against India.
“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 T20 World Cup next year,” added Malik, who is married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.
Malik appeared in 287 one-day internationals and scored 7,534 runs with nine hundreds. His last appearance came in the defeat against arch-rivals India in Manchester on June 16. As an off-spinner, he finished with 158 wickets, while he also captained Pakistan in 41 ODIs.
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27 September, 2019