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Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has announced that he will retire from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup.
Malik made his ODI debut in October 1999, but has managed to keep hold of his place in the side as of late, even though Pakistan are drafting in younger talents.
While the 36-year-old will end his ODI career after the quadrennial event in England and Wales next year, Malik made it clear that he will continue representing his country in Twenty20 cricket.
“The 2019 World Cup is my last event of 50-over cricket,” Malik was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “I will try to play T20 cricket if I continue to stay fit and put up performances.”
Malik was part of Pakistan’s squad that won the World Twenty20 in 2009 and the Champions Trophy last year, but he is eager to conclude his ODI career with a bang by leading his country to World Cup glory.
“If you have made goals for yourself that keeps you running,” he said. “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.”
Malik retired from Test cricket back in 2015. In his final series, which came against England in the United Arab Emirates, the Sialkot native scored a career-best 245 in the first Test in Abu Dhabi.