Pakistan former skipper, Shoaib Malik quashed all the rumours of his retirement after the T20 World Cup 2020. He has recently earned the call back from the national side for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh. Recently, Pakistan’s senior campaigner Mohammad Hafeez has announced to retire after the 2020 T20 World Cup.
The 37-year-old Shoaib had retired from the Tests in 2015 after scoring a double century in a home series against England in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He had also retired from 50-over format game after last featuring in the World Cup 2019.
In the mega event, he looked off-colour and went on to play only three matches.
However, the veteran all-rounder is active in the shortest format. Lastly, he featured in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Rajshahi Royals (RR) who went on to win the league. In the playoff game against Khulna Tigers, he scored brilliant 80 off 50 balls.
The star cricketer Malik while speaking to the reporters in Lahore said that he will continue playing till he is fit and can give his best for his country.
Malik further added that his previous announcement of quitting international cricket after this year’s T20 World Cup is not decided. He conceded that whenever he feels it is time to step down, he will do that.
“Yes I had said I will retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup (in 2019) and I did that and I also said I might retire completely after the World Cup T20. But right now I think it is about short-term goals when the time comes I will think about it,” he said.
“As a senior player I have a responsibility and goal and thankfully my body is supporting me in my career and I will continue to play till I feel good about it. I am not someone who will hang around just for the sake of it,” he asserted.
As of now, Malik has played 111 T20s and scored 2263 runs. He has also played 287 ODIs and 35 Tests for Pakistan. In the 50-over format, he has more than 7500 runs including nine centuries and forty-four half-centuries to his name.