IndiaToday.in UPDATED: June 26, 2018 16:24 IST
Star Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales will be his last one day international tournament. Malik, who has also captained Pakistan in the past, retired from Test cricket in 2015 and now plays only the shorter formats.
Malik, however, said that he will continue to play Twenty20 cricket as long as he remains fit.
“The 2019 World Cup is my last event of the 50-over cricket. I will try to play T20 cricket if I continue to stay fit and put up performances,” media reports quoted Malik as saying. He had retired from Tests in 2015.
Malik made his Pakistan debut in 1999 in a One-day International (ODI) against the West Indies at Sharjah.
The 36-year-old Malik has so far scored 6,975 ODI runs at an average of 35.22, including nine 100s and 41 fifties and has taken 154 wickets with his off-spin bowling.
Malik, who has been part of Pakistan’s two major cricketing moments — the World T20 title in 2009 and the ICC Champions Trophy crown in 2017 — expressed his desire to win the 50-over quadrennial tournament in 2019.
“I have set goals for myself and one of them is winning the World Cup 2019. I already have two major cricketing titles in my career, the T20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy, and now this is the only title left,” he said.
Pakistan will next play Australia and Zimbabwe in a triangular series from July 1 to July 8.
The tri-series will be followed by a five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe commencing from July 13.
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