Pakistan veteran batsman Shoaib Malik has announced his retirement from ODIs following his side’s thumping 94-run win over Bangladesh. Malik had earlier revealed his plans of quitting the 50-over format at the end of the World Cup and he has now confirmed his permanent exit from ODI cricket after Pakistan were knocked out of the tournament in the group stage.
A visibly emotional Malik held back his tears as he read out his prepared statement to the press in the aftermath of Pakistan’s victory over Bangladesh. “Lots of many memories from 20 years of playing ODIs. It’s an emotional time right now. Winning the Champions Trophy is a career high,” he claimed as he fondly looked back at his two-decade long career.
He finishes his career as a prolific all-rounder with 7,534 runs and 158 wickets in ODIs. Malik also captained Pakistan briefly during his career. Despite not getting a farewell game, the senior pro received a guard of honor from teammates as Pakistan finished their tournament on a high.