Pakistani veteran said on retirement

Shoaib Malik addresses a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday. — Courtesy PCB Twitter

However, Malik and senior teammate Muhammad Hafeez - who has confirmed that he will be calling it a day after the T20 World - won surprise recalls to the Pakistan T20 squad for the home series against Bangladesh. "Whenever we go to any league, we ask other players about Pakistan and they also ask us about how things are in the country".

"Yes, I said that I would withdraw from ODI cricket after the World Championship (2019), and I did, and I also said that I might retire completely after the T20 World Championship". Malik also clarified that he was not disappointed at not being given a central contract. "But right now I think it is about short-term goals when the time comes I will think about it", he said.

Malik, who is still playing T20Is, said that his previous announcement of quitting worldwide cricket after 2020 World Cup T20 is not cast in stone and he might continue if his body permits. "I am not someone who will hang around just for the sake of it", he asserted. "I don't want to focus on the World Cup because it is too far". "When I get closer, I will see what happens and make a decision", Malik concluded.

Shoaib Malik had a disappointing World Cup campaign in England where he played just three games, scoring 8, 0 and 0 respectively. "I wanted to make a comeback that is why after the Caribbean Premier League, I reached Faisalabad and played in the National T20 event". When I go to play leagues, other teams' player and management praise Babar and it feels nice.

Pakistani head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, has for the second T20 series running has made numerous adjustments to the squad as Pakistan aspire to bring an end to the losing streak as the previous seven T20Is have failed to produce a win.

"We have a lot of young people who get through".

Haris Rauf, who impressed the selectors with his solid show in the ongoing Big Bash League season, will also be inline to make his global debut while fellow all-rounder Amad Butt will also be in contention to earn his maiden cap for the national side. My selection is for the Bangladesh series and I want to avail every opportunity I get.

The veteran all-rounder said he "appreciate (s)" the PCB decision to not award him and Hafeez central contracts because it shows the board's interest in new players.

Pakistan will be hoping to put aside their abysmal streak in T20 internationals and rediscover the winning ways when they meet Bangladesh in the first game of the three-match series in Lahore's Iqbal Stadium on Friday. I have not set long-term goals as the World Cup is far away.



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