Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik hints at T20 retirement
Pakistan veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik who has been an important part of national cricket history for almost two decades was recently in the news after he dropped a massive hint at retirement from the shortest format of the game.
The senior all-rounder Shoaib Malik echoed that he will take a decision on international retirement closer to the ICC T20 World Cup tournament which is scheduled to be held in this year’s October.
Shoaib Malik said that the showpiece event is still a long way to go and right now he said that he is focussing on the Pakistan Super League and upcoming matches for Pakistan.
“The World Cup is still far off and I think right now my focus is on the Pakistan Super League and coming matches for Pakistan. When I get closer to the World Cup I will see what to do,” the 38-year-old all-rounder added in a statement.
Shoaib Malik already called it quits from red-ball cricket after playing 35 matches and retired from One-day Internationals after representing the team in 287 matches. However, he is still playing T20 format in which he has featured in 113 games for Pakistan besides representing in different leagues around the world.
“I will have to see my fitness and position in the national side closer to the World Cup than I will take a decision on final retirement,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Last but not least, Shoaib Malik has also chipped in with interesting words of wisdom for the Pakistan Cricket Board. Malik had asked the selectors to not pick players on basis of two or three performances in Pakistan Super League as that would backfire the overall performance of the national cricket team.
“PSL is important for us as it is seen internationally and followed widely by the people and covered extensively by the media. But I would still emphasise don’t select anyone or one or two matches. Criteria should be strong to pick a player for Pakistan.”
“I would say if a player gives some good performances make him play at least two or three seasons and let him perform consistency in them before considering him for selection.”