Pakistan’s star all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, has announced his plans for the future and said that he wants to represent Pakistan in World Cup 2019 and T20 World Cup 2020.
Although the former Pakistan skipper has retired from Test cricket, he has featured for the country on a much more regular basis in limited-overs cricket.
While speaking about his plans, Malik said in a statement during the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament:
The 2019 World Cup, 50-over cricket, is my last World Cup, but I want to play in the World T20 in 2020, that is my goal for Twenty20 cricket.
These are the two big goals which I’m looking at – let’s see how it goes. If I’m consistently performing then I want to play these two World Cups.
Malik has received a lot of opportunities in his career as he has captained the national team and is the only Pakistani to have played 300 T20 matches in history.
He has also featured in a number of different leagues, one of which is Barbados Tridents. Speaking about his experience, he said:
Guyana is more like you’re playing in the sub-continent I think. But on that particular day performance is the key of any cricketer and that’s what I’m looking for.
Obviously, if you’re playing for a new team the expectations are a lot from you. When they have seen someone that did well for a longer run the expectations are obviously high.
Being one of the fittest players in the squad even at the age of 36 speaks great volume towards Malik’s dedication towards the game. Let us hope that he can now get a good farewell when he eventually retires after 2020.