Shoaib Malik wants to sign off with Pakistan's World Cup victory

Shoaib Malik wants to sign off with Pakistan’s World Cup victory

Back in 2015, he bid adieu to Test cricket following his shock comeback to the squad after five years.

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Shoaib Malik. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Shoaib Malik has finally decided to call it quits from ODI cricket. Yesterday, he made the announcement that next year’s World Cup in England and Wales will be his last appearance in the 50-over format. However, he also has put forth his desire to keep playing the T20 format, provided he stays fit. His career started way back from 1999 and ever since he has been a fulcrum of their setup.

Back in 2015, he bid adieu to Test cricket following his shock comeback to the squad after five years. The veteran notched a double-century versus England but couldn’t replicate his form thereafter. Presently, apart from representing his country, Malik also plies his trade in domestic T20 events. The Sialkot-born player recently expressed his desire to win the World Cup for his country before hanging his boots.

“We have to play very good cricket”- Malik on Zimbabwe tour

”During my 19-year-old long career, Pakistan have won the ICC World T20I and the Champions Trophy. My desire before giving up 50-over cricket that Pakistan wins the World Cup because it is a dream which will come true Insha’Allah,” Malik was quoted as saying in an exclusive interview by The Dawn.

Pakistan are currently the number one ranked T20I team and they will next be up against Australia and Zimbabwe for a T20 triangular series, which starts next month. The Aussies are the second-ranked side and Malik believes that the Men in Green have to be at their best to defeat them. The all-rounder also touted Zimbabwe as a tough competitor to beat in home conditions.

”Expectations are high from this tour. Pakistan have been showing consistency in their performance is a big plus point because in the past we lacked consistency … The Australians are No. 2 in the T20 world team rankings and under local conditions, Zimbabwe are not an easy side either. Therefore, we have to play very good cricket to beat both these teams,” he added.

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