Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has unexpectedly announced his retirement from test cricket. The announcement came after day 3 of Pakistan vs England 3rd test match at Sharjah, UAE. Shoaib Malik, who was brought back into the test side after a 5-year break, made his career best of 245 runs in the 1st test match against England just two weeks back.
Shoaib Malik made his test debut against Bangladesh at Multan, Aug 29-31, 2001. Since then, he has played 34 test matches for Pakistan. He has scored 1860 runs at an average of 36. He has also taken 25 wickets.
“We have some good youngsters and now is the time to retire. Family comes first. I want to focus on the 2019 World Cup.” Malik said wile making his retirement announcement.
Malik said the time was right to move on.
It is apparent that he wants to focus on the other two formats of the game.
Shoaib Malik made the following tweet after announcing his retirement.
I have decided to retire from Test Cricket, will post my retirement blog soon. Please remember me in your Duas, love you all & thank you 💪🏼
— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) November 3, 2015
PS: He goes for a golden duck.