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Shoaib Malik’s International Cricket Career comes to an End: #ThankyouShoaibMalik

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As Shoaib Malik retires from international cricket, fans and celebrities post heartfelt messages and appreciation for Shoaib’s contribution to Pakistani cricket throughout the years. #thankyoushoaibmalik becomes top trend on twitter.

The international cricketing career of Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik concluded with Pakistan’s disqualification from the ICC World Cup. Shoaib Malik has announced his formal retirement from the One Day International after Pakistan-Bangladesh match yesterday.

Hoping to play his farewell match yesterday, the team management did not condone his inclusion in the team since they wanted to go ahead with a winning combination, virtually Pakistan team’s last encounter in the ICC World Cup 2019.

Malik made his ODI debut against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates in 1999. In his illustrious 20-year career, the veteran played 287 ODIs. 

Shoaib Malik has ended his career on a dismal performance; scoring only eight runs against England, while losing his wicket on duck twice in matches against Australia and New Zealand. Haris Sohail eventually replaced Shoaib Malik in the following four matches.

“Today I retire from One Day International cricket. Huge thank you to all the players I have played with, coaches I have trained under, family, friends, media, and sponsors. Most importantly my fans, I love you all,” announced Shoaib Malik.

Shoaib Malik in his press talk did not object on his exclusion from the team and acknowledged that a change in the combination did help Pakistan register consecutive wins in the tournament. He, however, lamented the dissension subjected to him for his ‘few’ poor performances.

Veteran cricketer Wasim Akram, however, stated that Malik’s services for the country should be remembered.

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Wasim is clear that Malik has done nothing to earn a spot in the national squad. “This is not club cricket that you call a cricketer for a final match. [However] we can absolutely have a farewell dinner for him [Malik],” Wasim said.

“Unfortunately for him, he is not ending his career on a high — which he deserved, as he has done a lot for Pakistani cricket. He had a poor World Cup, was dismissed on duck twice, but this can happen to anyone. But we should remember his services for Pakistan cricket.

“He has won many matches for the country and at the end of the day, he is a nice guy. Let’s send him a nice farewell for once. It’s true that he did not perform well, but nobody does it on purpose,” the bowling legend added.

Malik made his ODI debut against the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates in 1999. In his illustrious 20-year career, the veteran played 287 ODIs.

The right-handed middle-order batsman scored 7,534 runs in ODI, at an average rate of 34.55 and strike-rate of 81.90 with nine centuries and 44-half-centuries to his name. Malik was also an off-spinner and bagged 158 ODI wickets as well.

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Meanwhile, #ThankyouShoaibMalik became the top trend on Twitter followed by messages of appreciation and wishes from Pakistani fans, celebrities, and fellow cricketers.