Guard of Honour for Shoaib Malik as he Retires from ODIs

Ruben Hill
July 8, 2019

Veteran Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from the ODI format after their win against Bangladesh at the iconic Lord's ground in London.

A late flourish from Imad Wasim, who scored 43 runs from 26 balls, boosted the score but Pakistan lacked the muscle to take the game away from Bangladesh.

Although he retired from ODI Cricket, Malik will keep on playing T20 leagues in future. "Today was our last game, and I'm going to retire from ODI cricket", Malik said. "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".

They finished on the same points as fourth-placed New Zealand - who they comfortably beat by six wickets in their round-robin clash.

Imam-ul-Haq was the top-scorer for the team as he played a knock of 100 runs whereas Mustafizur Rahman scalped five wickets for Bangladesh.

Malik said he was disappointed to finish on a low note.

Eventually, when the 19-year-old accepted the man-of-the-match award, the youngster equalled legend Sachin Tendulkar's record of being a teenager with the most number of man-of-the-match awards in a single World Cup.

Shakib displaced India's opening batsman Rohit Sharma at the top spot.

Pakistan arrived at Lord's knowing they had to win by at least 316 runs to overtake New Zealand in the race for the last place in the semi-finals, and although they won the toss, their mission improbable quickly looked impossible.

Pakistan could not qualify for semi-finals and played their last game against Bangladesh on Friday.

He had past year announced he would retire from ODI cricket after the ongoing World Cup. "One of the best bowling performances I've ever seen", Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said. "We will do our best to get quick runs on the board".

"If we play in Asia, I think it will be a far better bowling site than here. We need to sit down together, and do lots of work - we have nearly two months off", said Sarfaraz after the win.

"He's been absolutely handsome", Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said.

"There are a few areas where we can improve a lot and show we're capable, but on the other hand, we need a bit of luck to go our way".

"I would like to thank some of the most important people whose support and backing helped me through these 20 years of worldwide cricket".

Those runs moved the all-rounder to the top of the World Cup run-scoring charts, although he may be dislodged by the likes of Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Aaron Finch and Joe Root who all feature in the semi-finals.

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