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Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik hopes to play 2020 World T20 and then retire

Malik wants to play two more World Cups for Pakistan

Waseem Ahmed 2018/09/08

Pakistan‘s veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik said he hopes to play two more World Cups before calling time on his career, depending on his fitness and the requirements of the team.

The Pakistan team will be in the UAE this month for the Asia Cup and while the focus of the team is on winning against Asia’s best, the 36-year-old talked about the road ahead for him.

“I have said this before on many occasions that the 2019 50 Over World Cup will be my last World Cup,” said Malik.

“My goal is also to play the 2020 World T20 and end my T20 career after that but that depends on my fitness and will be based on discussions with the PCB as I believe honesty is important as a cricketer. If you feel that another player can come in place of you and play better than he should be given a chance.”

However, the veteran with more than 400 international matches under his belt said he would like to play two more World Cups.

“My goal is to play these two World Cups but it will depend on my fitness and if I feel that the time has come to take retirement, I will definitely take that option,” he added.

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