Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Pakistan veteran cricketer Shoaib Malik announced his retirement bringing an end to a 19-year-old career. Malik apparently had made up his mind long back and had chosen the last match as the occasion. In an emotional retirement speech, Malik said that he felt sad that he was going to stop playing the format he loved. On the other hand, he emphasised that he can now focus more on T20 cricket and the fact that he would get to spend more time with his family. He thanked his fans for the support they have given him all these years.Also Read - Eoin Morgan Recalls 2019 World Cup Final Win, Calls it Most Dramatic And Best Game Ever Played
Here is the video of his retirement speech: Also Read - PCB Central Contracts 2021: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Hasan Ali in Category A; Mohammad Hafeez Ignored, Sarfaraz Ahmed Demoted
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“Wherever I have given interviews recently, I have mentioned I am going to retire. This was my last game and I am retiring from ODI cricket. I had decided this long ago that I will retire after the last World Cup game of Pakistan. I am sad I will be leaving the format of cricket I once loved. I will now have more time to spend with my family and this will also allow me to play more T20s. Finally I would like to thanks the players I have shared the dressing room with, my family and the coaches, my sponsors, the media and fans,” said Malik.
Here is another video where he talks about giving any Pakistan captain at least two years.
The veteran has played 287, 35 ODIs and Tests respectively and scored 7534 and 1898 runs. He has also picked 228 wickets including all the three formats. He was a part of the 2017 Champions Trophy winning squad as well.