MORE FAMILY TIME, FOCUS ON T20s ON MALIK'S POST-ODI RETIREMENT AGENDA...

Er. Shobhit Gupta 06-07-2018 71
Shoaib Malik Retires
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has officially announced his retirement from ODI cricket. His plan had always been a step down from the 50-over format after the World Cup cricketers and he formally announced it in a press conference after Pakistan's game against Bangladesh at Lord's. He will continue to play T20 cricket and hopes to play in the world T20 in 2020. 

Malik has played 287 matches for Pakistan, scoring more than 7,500 runs and picking up 158 wickets. His recent form has been patchy and his inclusion in the World Cup squad was controversial. He played just three matches in the tournament, registering two ducks and taking just one wicket.

The 37-year-old said the decision was based on a desire to spend more time with his family and to focus the shortest format in the hope that he can make the World T20.

"As I mentioned in my previous interviews, I'm going to retire from World Cup," he said.

"Today was our last game, and I'm retiring from ODI cricket. I had planned this for a few years to retire on the last Pakistan World Cup match. I'm sad that I'll be leaving a 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 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"

Let's TAKE A LOOK AT HIS EARLY LIFE :

Shoaib Malik (born 1 February 1982) is a Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team from 2007 to 2009. He is an occasional captain of Pakistan national cricket team. He made his one-day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh. On 3 November 2015, he announced his retirement from Test cricket to focus on 2019 Cricket World Cup. On 2 July 2018, he became the first male cricketer to play 100 T20ls. Shoaib Malik has taken over 150 ODI wickets and has a batting average in the mid-30s in both Test and ODI cricket. His bowling action has come under scrutiny (particularly his doosra) but he has had elbow injury to correct this. Malik was ranked second behind teammate Shahid Afridi in the ICC ODI all-rounder in June 2008. In March 2010, Malik received a one-year ban from international cricket form the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The ban was overturned two months later. On September 2017 Malik became the highest run-scorer in T20l for Pakistan on July 2018. He became the fourth batsman to score 8000 runs in T20s. And on July 2019 he took his retirement from One Day International cricket after Pakistan win their last league stage game against Bangladesh at Lord's in 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Let's TAKE A LOOK AT HIS PERSONAL LIFE :

On 12 April 2010, he married Indian Tennis player Sania Mirza in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim ceremony at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad, India followed by Pakistani wedding customs. Their Walima ceremony was held in Sialkot, Pakistan. Their wedding received media and online attention across the world. 

Shoaib Malik is one of the top cricketers of Pakistan. We wish him the best of luck for his future...

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