After Pakistan failed to qualify for the Cricket World-Cup 2019 semi-finals round, Shoaib Malik announced that he will be retiring from the One-Day International cricket.
Today I retire from One Day International cricket. Huge Thank you to all the players I have played with, coaches I have trained under, family, friends, media, and sponsors. Most importantly my fans, I love you all#PakistanZindabad 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/zlYvhNk8n0
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) July 5, 2019
Malik says he will still be playing in the 20-20 format.
The last game of Pakistan in the World-Cup 2019 was played against Bangladesh, in which they won with 94 runs.
During the post-match press conference, Shoaib Malik confirmed that he will be retiring from ODI cricket and will still continue to play in T20s.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 5, 2019
Malik said, “As I mentioned in my previous interviews that I am going to retire right after the World Cup and today was our last game. I am retiring from ODI cricket. I had decided a few years ago to retire on last Pakistan World Cup match,”
He added, “I am sad that I’ll be leaving the format of cricket, I once loved but happy that I will have more time to spend with my family. This will also allow me to focus on T20s.”
ICC also tweeted about the retirement of Malik.
Here is the tweet of the ICC:
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 5, 2019