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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik retired from ODIs after the national team were eliminated from the World Cup on Friday.
Pakistan had to beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday by over 300 runs to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals, but they only triumphed by 94 runs.
As a result, New Zealand joined Australia, India and England in the last four, while Pakistan were eliminated from the showpiece event.
Malik had announced prior to the World Cup that he would bring his ODI career to an end after the tournament.
With his ODI career having come to an end, here is Malik’s retirement statement in full, as quoted by the Metro.
“As I mentioned in my previous interviews, whenever I gave interviews, that I’m going to retire from World Cup,” Malik said. “Today was our last game, and I’m retiring from ODI cricket. I had planned this for a few years ago to retire on the last Pakistan World Cup match.
“I’m sad that I’ll be leaving [the] format of cricket that I once loved but happy that I’ll have more time to spend with my family. This will also allow me to focus on Twenty20 cricket.
“I would like to thank some of the most important people whose support and backing helped me through these 20 years of international cricket. Starting with the players I shared dressing rooms with, all the coaches I have [played] under, my friends and family, the media, my sponsors, the Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan sports board.
“But most importantly, my fans. I love you all. Thank you.”
Malik represented Pakistan in 287 ODIs and scored 7,534 runs, which included nine centuries and 44 fifties, at an average of 34.55. He also took 158 wickets at an average of 39.18.