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Legendary Pakistan left-arm seamer Wasim Akram feels that all-rounder Shoaib Malik deserves a farewell dinner, but not a “farewell match”.
Malik will retire from ODIs after the World Cup and with Pakistan playing their last group stage game against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday, it remains to be seen if the men in green will pick Malik for the match.
Even though Pakistan have virtually no chance of qualifying for the semi-finals since they would have to beat Bangladesh by over 300 runs, Akram feels that the national team should field their best side for the match.
It should also be noted that if Bangladesh bat first, Pakistan will have no chance of going through.
Should this happen, New Zealand will join Australia, India and England in the last four.
While Akram doesn’t feel that Malik deserves a farewell match, he did pay tribute to the 37-year-old.
“Of course, he had announced that he will retire after the World Cup. Unfortunately, it has not ended on a high note. I think he deserved to end his career on a high as he has done a lot for Pakistan cricket,” Akram was quoted as saying by The New Indian Express. “He did not play many matches in the World Cup. He got out twice on duck, but this can happen to any player.
“We should always remember his services as he has won Pakistan many matches. He is a nice guy, so let’s send him a nice farewell, for once. I know he could not perform in this World Cup, but he has performed over the years for Pakistan.
“This is not club cricket where you can ask a player to play a one-day match. We can rather organise a farewell dinner for him.”