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World Cup 2019: After AB de Villiers, this cricketer's retirement from the ODI games will shock you

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 26 June 2018, 12:10 IST

The former pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik has announced that he will retire from one-day  cricket  after the next year's World Cup in the UK. The veteran pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik will continue to play the T20 format, depends upon his fitness and performances.

Veteran pakistan batsman had made his debut for Pakistan in 1999 against WestIndies in an ODI at Sharjah.

He played 261 ODIs games for Pakistan and managed to  score 6975 runs at an average of 35.22, including 9 tons and 41 half centuries to his name, and scalped 154 wickets at 38.65 in the process.

Shoaib captained Pakistan in 56 games across all formats with 36:18 win loss ratio.In 2015 he retired from test cricket.

As reported in Cricbuzz, Shoiab reckoned that “If you have made goals for yourself that keeps you running… 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.”

"Of course, I also thought about myself while announcing the retirement. I had to give time to my family and prolong my cricketing career. I have no regret that I made that decision. It came out in public like I took it overnight. That gap of five years in which I did not play a Test was a huge one. And, my retirement provided two-three youngsters an opportunity to play Test cricket. Now they are performing for the side on consistent basis. One can also serve your nation by retiring."

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First published: 26 June 2018, 12:10 IST