Latest Cricket News: Shoaib Malik set to retire after 2019 World Cup

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  • Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik announced yesterday (June 25th) that he will be retiring from ODI’s following 2019 World Cup in England
  • Shoaib Malik has played over 260 ODI’s for Pakistan scoring 9 hundred with a best of 143 against India
  • He has won the World T20 (2009), the Champions Trophy (2017) and is now aiming to lift the 2019 World Cup before hanging up his boots. 

Veteran Pakistani player Shoaib Malik has announced that following the 2019 World Cup in England, he will be retiring from ODI cricket but will continue to play T20I’s for his country if he stays fit.

Shoaib Malik plans to go out on a high by winning the 2019 World Cup

Malik made his ODI debut back in 1999 against West Indies at Sharjah and has since then gone on to make over 260 appearances for the country in the 50-over format. He is still regarded as one of the best batsmen in the limited-over format but unfortunately his test career never really took. He made his test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh but could only manage 35 matches before he announced his retirement in 2015.

Malik’s main goal will be to help Pakistan win their 2nd World Cup next year in England and sign off in style before he shifts completely on the 20-20 format. This latest cricket news came after Shoaib Malik held a press conference in Lahore ahead of Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe, where they are scheduled to play T20 tri-series involving Australia before taking on the hosts in the 5-match ODI series.

In Cricket Latest News, Shoaib Malik spoke about the targets that he is yet to achieve with the national team and how he targets winning the 2019 World Cup before saying goodbye to the 50-over format. He said, “The 2019 World Cup is my last event of the 50-over cricket. I will try to play T20 cricket if I continue to stay fit and put up performances.”

Having won the World T20 title in 2009 and the Champions Trophy in 2017, Malik’s target is the 50-over World Cup. He said, “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 World T20 [in 2009] and the Champions Trophy [in 2017]. The only thing left in my career [to win] 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.”

Pakistan’s young squad need an experienced head like Malik to achieve the ultimate dream

Having scored almost 7000 runs in ODI’s with an average of 35.22, Shoaib Malik is regarded as one of the most consistent batsmen in the world and he will be experienced head in Pakistan’s squad next season with over 18 years of experience and it is inevitable that he will be shouldering most of the run-scoring burden in England, in conditions he has experienced the most in the squad.

Speaking about the current Pakistan squad, Malik said, “People now have hopes from us to win big events. This is a good sign. This represents that our team and structure are on the right track. These youngsters are great. What really is outstanding that those outside of the playing XI pray for the ones who are playing. It is a great keeping our culture in mind.”

In Pakistan cricket news, the Sarfraz Ahmed led team will enter the T20I Tri-Series in Zimbabwe as the number of T20 side in the world following their stellar run ever under his captaincy, which he took over after their disastrous performance in the 2016 World  T20 championship.

Shoaib Malik too has captained the Pakistan cricket team following their shameful exit from the 2007 World Cup and the resignation of Inzamam-ul-Haq. In his 17-year-old ODI career, Malik has managed 9 hundred including a best of 143 against India in the 2004 Asia Cup. It will be important for him to be on top of his game in ICC’s showpiece event next year if Pakistan are going to have any hopes of winning the title against the likes of India, South Africa and England.

Apart from almost 7000 runs in the 50-over format, Malik is also among the very batsmen in the world who have crossed 1900 international T20 runs and will be a key player for Pakistan in the upcoming tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia.

WATCH: Shoaib Malik media talk at GSL | PCB

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