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No memorable farewell for Malik
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No memorable farewell for Malik

Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder, Shoaib Malik couldn’t make his last World Cup a memorable one for himself as he terribly failed to put any good performance in the mega-event. Malik's abysmal record in England has further worsened during the tournament.

Malik scored two consecutive ducks in the ongoing World Cup including one in the highly anticipated match against India. After failing in all the three matches he was part of, he was subsequently dropped from the team in favour of Haris Sohail.

Now with Pakistan virtually out of the World Cup, it was reported that the senior all-rounder might be included in the playing XI for the match against Bangladesh to hand him a farewell for his services for the Pakistan team.

However, Malik couldn’t find his chance to appear in ODIs for one last time for Pakistan. The team management opted to field an unchanged side for their last group stage match against Bangladesh. Speaking on the matter of Malik’s farewell match, legendary fast-bowler, Wasim Akram opined that Malik, who will retire after the ongoing World Cup, can be given a farewell dinner, not a "farewell match".

The 37-year-old played 35 Tests, 287 One-day Internationals and 111 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan during a long career spanning over 18 years and also captained the team for a short while.