With a career spanning over 20 years, Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik announced retirement from ODI cricket in an emotional post.
“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, #PakistanZindabad,” Malik tweeted.
As soon as Shoaib announced the decision, his wife and Indian tennis player Sania Mirza took to the social-networking platform to congratulate the veteran on an astounding career.
“Every story has an end, but in life, every ending is a new beginning. Shoaib Malik, 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,” Mirza wrote.
Not just Sania, but many bid the cricketer farewell.
The 37-year-old will continue to play the Twenty20 format, but he admitted it was an emotional moment to call time on his ODI career.
“I am retiring from one-day cricket,” said Malik, who was dropped after a disappointing World Cup featuring two ducks in three maches.
“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,” added Malik
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