Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik shared that he has no plans of retiring from the T20I cricket as his body is still fit.
While giving an interview to a local media outlet, Malik said,
“I’m feeling good. I’m fit. I’m active. I’m enjoying my cricket and have no plans to announce retirement from T20s – domestic or international.”
He went on to say that,
“I also want to share my experience with youngsters as it is important for them to learn from seniors.”
Remembering his cricket journey, batsman shared how he was fortunate enough to share the dressing room with experienced players.
“I was always focused on learning. This is a process that never stops even if you have achieved everything. It’s possible only because of hard work. You can’t even get near your dreams without doing the work.”
As Shoaib Malik became the first Asian to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket, the 38-year-old cricketer told that the journey was not easy.
“It wasn’t an easy journey. It is never easy for a middle-order cricketer to score 10,000 runs in a format that provides limited opportunity to batsmen at a lower order. I never thought of doing this and this is a great honor for me. I won’t stop here and will continue scoring runs for teams I play,” Malik told.
The right-handed batsman told that he felt frustrated when his name was not included in the World Cup 2015 despite being in good shape and health.
“When I wasn’t named for World Cup 2015, I was thinking of announcing retirement but then Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Akram motivated me to continue playing for the country,” he shared.
Talking about the upcoming 2023 World Cup, Malik advised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to decide its players’ pool so that the same squad can have experience before the big event.
“It’s better to have them in a pool from now, make them play all games so that they have enough experience before the World Cup so that they have it all before the big event,” he said.
“Also, allow the players to avail opportunities of playing in leagues because playing will get them the experience that training alone won’t provide.”
Malik also disclosed his regrets that he holds in his cricket career so far,
“Had I known that I wasn’t experienced enough to handle things according to our culture, I wouldn’t have accepted the captaincy. I would never have. I’m the kind of person who takes everyone along but being at the helm of affairs, you just can’t satisfy everyone. There were things that shouldn’t have happened and I was bothered about it,” he said.
“I did go to players individually afterward and apologized to them if they felt bad due to my any intentional or unintentional actions as captain,” Malik concluded.