Shoaib Malik has set his sights on playing two more ICC global events before calling it a day.
While addressing the media in Lahore at the Gaddafi Stadium ahead of Pakistan’s departure to the UAE for the Asia Cup, the veteran of 404 international matches for Pakistan confirmed that fitness and form permitting, he would continue playing international cricket till the 2020 World T20 in Australia.
“I have said this many a time that the 2019 World Cup will be my last 50-over World Cup. However, my goal is also to play World T20 in Australia but that depends on my fitness and will be based on discussions with the PCB."
“I am a firm believer of the fact that honesty is important as a cricketer. If you feel that another player can replace you and can have a bigger impact on the team, he must be included in the side.”
Malik also played down the significance of the clash against India. “The India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup is just another game for me. If you think too much about the India-Pakistan game, you add pressure for yourself.”
The 36-year old, who made his international debut against West Indies in October 1999, however, did motivate his teammates to lift their game against India. “The match between India and Pakistan is watched with keen interest in both the countries and beyond. This is a big opportunity for players to perform and become superstars.”
India and Pakistan last played each other at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final in England where Pakistan came out victorious in what was the last edition of the 50-over tournament.
Pakistan are placed in Group A of the Asia Cup, along with India and Hong Kong, who qualified for the tournament on Thursday.