Malik’s career is over: Mohammad Yousuf

Pakistan’s veteran batsman Shoaib Malik has come under fire for his golden duck during his team’s 89-run humiliation at the hands of India in ICC World Cup 2019. Besides the fans, former Pakistani players have also joined the bandwagon to launch a scathing attack at Malik for his poor batting performance.

Malik's career is over: Mohammad Yousuf
Shoaib Malik got out for first-ball duck against India.

With a player of his caliber, he was expected to put up a strong fight but he himself ended up on the dark side without scoring runs. Seeing this performance, the former players added that the veteran should consider retiring from the sport after the failure.

The 37-year-old cricketer had earlier said that World Cup would be his last ODI with Pakistan as he would call it quits and focus on the World T20 next year in Australia.

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But with just 8 runs to his name in three matches in the World Cup, many former players reckon that Malik might just have played his last ever one-day international for Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday.

“He himself has announced before the World Cup that he would retire from ODIs after the event. Given his performances in the tournament so far I don’t see him playing again in the remaining four matches,” former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim said.

The former skipper who appeared in 35 Tests before calling it quits from the format in 2015 has played in 287 ODIs and 111 T20 Internationals.

Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur supported Malik for the game against the arch-rivals India but he just couldn’t turn up the volumes.

“I think his career is over for Pakistan and I don’t see him playing any further in this World Cup. To select him again would be a big mistake,” said former batsman Mohammed Yousuf said.

Overall, Malik has scored 7534 runs and taken 158 wickets in ODIs.

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