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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik will retire from ODIs after the World Cup, but it remains to be seen if he plays in the team’s must-win game against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday and gets a proper farewell.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has insisted that the playing XI has yet to be decided for the match, which the men in green must win by over 300 runs to have any chance of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals.
If Pakistan fail to do this, New Zealand will join Australia, India and England in the last four.
However, given that Pakistan have won their last three matches, which came against South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan, it is unlikely that they will make any changes to their squad.
Should that be the case against Bangladesh, it would mean that Malik will watch the match from the sidelines.
Question : Have you and the team management decided that like others before him, Shoaib Malik will also get a disrespectful end to his ODI career? 😮
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 4, 2019
“We’ve not decided on our playing eleven. We’ll pick our best available team,” Sarfraz was quoted as saying by Saj Sadiq on Twitter.