“Have no plans to retire now,” informs veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik

The 39-year-old has signed 2-year contracts with some leagues and has no plans to announce his retirement after the T20 World Cup.
Ketaki Pole Author

Updated - 1 May 2021 4:22 pm

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik gave a clear statement announcing that he has no plans to retire. “I am saying very clearly today I have not even thought about retirement. I have no plans to retire now because I am fit, I can bat, and I can bowl,” said the 39-year-old. He further added that he has recently signed 2-year contracts with some leagues, so there’s no question of him announcing his retirement after the T20 World Cup.

My fitness is top grade: Malik

Malik proclaimed that his fitness levels are top grade and he is still a performer. Emphasizing his fitness in all three departments, Malik said that he can field in hotspots, take two runs and save two runs while on the field. “When I have to bowl I can also bowl and I am batting well,” the veteran cricketer added.

Malik’s phenomenal cricketing career for Pakistan

There’s no doubt that the all-rounder has been a key player for Pakistan across all formats. Having a glittering record in limited overs cricket, Malik has scored 7534 runs and taken 281 wickets in the 287 ODIs that he has played. When it comes to T20Is, Shoaib has been the second highest run scorer for Pakistan, scoring 2335 runs in 116 T20 Internationals.

Malik recently slammed the Misbah-ul Haq-led Pakistan team management in a series of tweets for not allowing captain Babar Azam to take decisions on players’ selection. He outlined that the unacquainted decision makers need to take a step back and the management should stop relying on their likes and dislikes. Malik also demanded for a new international white ball coach, after lambasting the present head coach.