London: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has announced his retirement from ODI cricket after his side were knocked out of the World Cup.
The 37-year-old made his ODI debut against the West Indies in 1999, and has since played in 287 matches, scoring more than 7,500 runs – including nine centuries – and taking more than 150 wickets.
‘Every story has an end, but in life every ending is a new beginning’ @realshoaibmalik 🙃 u have proudly played for your country for 20 years and u continue to do so with so much honour and humility..Izhaan and I are so proud of everything you have achieved but also for who u r❤️
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) July 5, 2019
“I am retiring from one-day cricket,” said Malik, who was dropped after a disappointing World Cup featuring two ducks in three maches.
“I’m sad as I’m leaving the format I loved the most but this will allow me to spend more time with my family and concentrate on the Twenty20 World Cup next year,” added Malik, husband of tennis star Sania Mirza.
Malik’s decision came after a Pakistan win which was not enough to take the 1992 champions into the semi-finals.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 5, 2019
Pakistan were ousted by New Zealand on net run-rate despite finishing level on 11 points after nine matches.
Malik said he was disappointed to finish on a low note.
“Yes, I wanted to help my team win the World Cup as a senior but at times things don’t go the way you think and that’s part and parcel of cricket,” he said.
“You don’t judge a player on two or three matches, but I am still happy that the player who replaced me performed well,” Malik said of Haris Sohail, who scored half-centuries against South Africa and New Zealand.
Congratulations @realshoaibmalik on a commendable ODI career spanning over a couple of decades. You’ve made your country proud with all you have achieved & are a true ambassador to the Nation. I’ve enjoyed the times we have played together & wish you all the very best
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 5, 2019
“I never thought that I will play 20 years for Pakistan but when you play with hard work and honesty you achieve the best and that happened with me.
“I am satisfied with my ODI career and winning the Champions Trophy has been the highlight of my ODI career,” he added.