Malik to retire from ODIs after 2019 World Cup

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has announced that he will retire from the ODI format after the Cricket World Cup, which is to be held in England in 2019. He announced his retirement date while speaking to reporters in Lahore.

He said that the World Cup will be his last 50-over-game in International cricket. He has played 261 One Day International games for Pakistan and he will continue to play the T20 format if he able to stay fit.

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“If you have made goals for yourself that keeps you running, I have made some for myself. We have already won two big events: the (2009) World T20 and the (2017) Champions Trophy”.

“The only thing left in my career is that 50-over World Cup. That is the thing I am looking at which makes me work hard. I have big hopes from these youngsters and myself. We are going to give our best”, he said.

The 36-year-old has played 261 ODIs and scored 6975 runs at an average of 35.22. Malik, who has scored 9 centuries and 41 fifties, picked up 154 wickets. He made the decision with the future of Pakistan cricket in mind.

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