Shoaib Malik draws curtains on ODI career, sets his focus on T20 cricket
Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik announced retirement from one-day international cricket on Friday, 5 July.
Malik made his Pakistan debut in a one-day international against West Indies in 1999.
He announced the decision after Pakistan’s victory against Bangladesh in their final game of the tournament on Friday.
“I’m sad that I’ll be leaving a format of cricket that I loved but happy that I’ll have more time to spend with my family,” said Malik after the game against Bangladesh. “This will also allow me to focus on T20 cricket.”
Malik also featured in the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, as well as a total of five editions of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Today I retire from One Day International cricket. Huge Thank you to all the players I have played with, coaches I have trained under, family, friends, media, and sponsors. Most importantly my fans, I love you all#PakistanZindabad 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/zlYvhNk8n0
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) July 5, 2019
✅ Hugs galore
✅ Guard of honour
✅ Plenty of applause
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 5, 2019
He led Pakistan to the finals of the inaugural ICC Men’s World T20 in 2007, where Pakistan lost to India in a thrilling finish in Johannesburg.
He was a key member of Pakistan’s victorious campaign in the following edition held in England in 2009 under as the Younis Khan led-side trumped Sri Lanka in the finals at Lord’s.
Malik, the most capped player in Pakistan’s squad at the ongoing World Cup, could score only 8 runs in three innings which included back to back ducks against Australia and India. He was replaced by Haris Sohail in the game against South Africa at Lord’s.
He played of total of 287 ODIs across his career. A batting all-rounder, Malik finishes with 7534 runs and 158 wickets against his name in the international fifty-over game.
Malik featured in 433 international games Malik featured in 433 international games
The 37-year old had made his last ODI appearance against India in Manchester.
He finishes with nine hundreds and 44 half-centuries in the format. His final ODI fifty came against Australia at Sharjah in March 2019.