Shoaib Malik has announced that he will retire from ODIs after 2019 World Cup which will take place in England and Wales. However, Shoaib will continue to play T20 cricket.
Malik made the announcement during a press conference in Lahore ahead of Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe for a tri-nation T20I series and an ODI series against Zimbabwe.
“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,” Malik said.
“I have made some goals 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.”
Malik retired from Test cricket in 2015 after scoring a brilliant 245 against England in Sharjah. Asked if he missed it, he said, “You enjoy Test cricket till the time you are fit. Sometimes you have to take strong decisions. Many people take them keeping their future in mind. But, I tried to take it keeping the future of Pakistan cricket in my mind.
“Of course, I also thought about myself while announcing the retirement. I had to give time to my family and prolong my cricketing career. I have no regret that I made that decision. It came out in public like I took it overnight. That gap of five years in which I did not play a Test was a huge one. And, my retirement provided two-three youngsters an opportunity to play Test cricket. Now they are performing for the side on a consistent basis. One can also serve their nation by retiring.”