WION Web Team New Delhi, India
Jul 05, 2019, 11.21 PM
Pakistani star all-rounder Shoaib Malik has announced retirement from one-day international cricket after Pakistan's 94-run win over Bangladesh on Friday at Lord's.
"I am retiring from one-day cricket," said Malik, who was dropped after a disappointing World Cup featuring two ducks in three maches.
"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," added Malik, who is married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.
Pakistan registered a thumping victory over Bangladesh to finish level on 11 points and games won (five) with fourth-placed New Zealand.
Despite the win and 11 points, Pakistan failed to make to the semis due to their inferior run-rate.
Malik made his one-day debut in 1999 against West Indies has drawn curtains on his ODI career spanning 20 years.
Overall, Malik has played a total of 287 ODI matches. Across format, he has played 433 international games for Pakistan.
In fifty-over format, all-rounder Malik scored 7534 runs and took 158 wickets.
Malik made his last ODI appearance against India in Manchester in the World Cup 2019 tournament when he was dismissed for a duck.
"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," he said.
"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 said of Haris Sohail, who scored half-centuries against South Africa and New Zealand.
"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.
In ODIs, all-rounder Malik scored 7534 runs and took 158 wickets