Pakistan’s classical middle-order batsman, Asad Shafiq bid farewell to his cricket career on Sunday. The announcement came after he led Karachi Whites to victory in the National T20 title, marking a memorable conclusion to his illustrious journey in the sport.
He will, however, play a few more matches before finally saying farewell to the sport.
Today was not his last domestic match. He will play three games in Patrons Trophy for SNGPL before finally hanging his boots. Asad says he wasn't feeling the excitement anymore. https://t.co/OzV09qUHiF
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) December 10, 2023
After securing the National T20 Cup title in 2023 for his team, Asad Shafiq received a guard of honor from his teammates.
Asad Shafiq has registered for the PSL 9 draft and he has been added to the pool of players in the local gold category by the PCB.
— Abdul Wasay (@andy_abdulwasay) December 10, 2023
Asad Shafiq said in a press conference, “I am not feeling the same excitement and passion playing cricket, and neither do I have the same fitness levels required for international cricket. Which is why I have decided to say goodbye to all cricket.”
Asad Shafiq has also revealed his participation in the newly established selection committee led by Wahab Riaz, appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
He added, “I have got the contract from the board and I am looking at it and hopefully it will be processed soon.”
Asad Shafiq played a significant role in the Pakistan Test batting line-up from 2010 to 2020, amassing a total of 4,660 runs in 77 games at an impressive average of 38.19. His remarkable contribution includes 12 centuries and 27 half-centuries, solidifying his position as a key figure in the team’s success.
Asad Shafiq candidly shared insights into the challenging period that the Pakistan team endured following the spot-fixing scandal in 2010. Reflecting on those trying times, he expressed satisfaction in being a part of the process through which the team successfully regained the trust and confidence of the people.
The 37-year-old cricketer also showcased his skills in 60 ODIs and 10 T20 Internationals for Pakistan throughout his illustrious career. In addition to his international achievements, he accumulated over 12,000 runs in 191 First-Class matches and an impressive tally of 5,784 runs in 162 List-A matches.