Shoaib Malik announces retirement from ODI cricket after winning against Bangladesh in World Cup 2019

Veteran Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik is one of the best that we have seen and now, he has announced his retirement from ODI format after the last match in World Cup 2019.

Veteran Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from the ODI format after their win against Bangladesh at the iconic Lord's ground in London. The player announced his retirement during the press conference after the game and he was also given a 'Guard of Honour' by the team members. Malik has to his credit 287 ODIs and 7534 runs off them with the highest being 143 and an average of 34.55. He also has to his credits 44 half-centuries and 9 centuries in his ODI career.

Malik shared a picture with a heartfelt post and wrote on social media, "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." He also 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 planned this few years ago to retire on Pakistan’s last World Cup match. I am sad that I will be leaving the format of cricket that I loved. This will allow me to spend more time with my family and focus on T20s."

The former captain of Pakistan had also announced retirement from Test cricket back in November 2015 as a means to keep his focus on the ICC World Cup this year. The cricketer will continue playing the shortest format of the game. His absence from the game will definitely be felt.

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