“‘Every story has an end, but in life every ending is a new beginning’ @realshoaibmalik, you have proudly played for your country for 20 years and you continue to do so with so much honour and humility..Izhaan and I are so proud of everything you have achieved but also for who you are,” Sania Mirza said on Twitter.

Malik, the former Pakistan captain, played three matches in the World Cup with his last being a league stage match against arch-rivals India. He was dismissed for a duck in Manchester, following the scores of zero and eight against Australia and England respectively.

Malik, a veteran of 287 ODIs, admitted it was an emotional moment to call time on his 50-over career, adding that he will continue to play the Twenty20 format.

“I am retiring from one-day cricket. I’m sad as I’m leaving the format I loved the most but this will allow me to spend more time with my family and concentrate on the Twenty20 World Cup next year,” Malik said as quoted by AFP.

Former and current teammates of Malik poured in wishes for his post-retirement life on social media.

“What an amazing 10 years we’ve had together. You’re someone who’s built and rebuilt his career and always had a huge smile on his face. Will miss your presence in the dressing room and on field. Sialkot ki shan, always stay happy my bro @realshoaibmalik,” fast bowler Wahab Riaz said in a tweet.

“Congratulations @realshoaibmalik on a commendable ODI career spanning over a couple of decades. You’ve made your country proud with all you have achieved & are a true ambassador to the Nation. I’ve enjoyed the times we have played together & wish you all the very best,” Shahid Afridi tweeted.

In the World Cup 2019, Pakistan were ousted by New Zealand on net run-rate despite finishing level on 11 points after nine matches.


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