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Guard of Honour for Shoaib Malik as he Retires from ODIs

Saturday, July 6, 2019 • Common Sport News Comments
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The 50-over format has come to an end for former Pakistan Captain Shoaib Malik who retired from ODIs after the team’s last match in the World Cup against Bangladesh. The batting all-rounder received a well-deserved guard of honour as he walked past the boundary ropes. Malik has scored 7534 runs in his 287 matches. He has also picked up 158 wickets. He took to Twitter to express his gratitude saying: “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.”

His fans will be happy to know however that it’s not all over. Malik said: “I am retiring from one-day cricket. I’m sad as I’m leaving the format I loved the most but this will allow me to spend more time with my family and concentrate on the Twenty20 World Cup next year..” He also spoke about his performance in the tournament: “ Yes, I wanted to help my team win the World Cup as a senior but at times things don't go the way you think and that's part and parcel of cricket. You don't judge a player on two or three matches, but I am still happy that the player who replaced me performed well.”

Malik also spoke about his journey with cricket saying: "I never thought that I will play 20 years for Pakistan but when you play with hard work and honesty you achieve the best and that happened with me. I am satisfied with my ODI career and winning the Champions Trophy has been the highlight of my ODI career," he added of Pakistan's triumph in England two years ago.”

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