Shoaib Malik will attend his retirement closer to the T20 World Cup
KARACHI: Pakistan's biggest multifaceted Shoaib Malik on Friday he said he will make a decision on international retirement closer to the T20 World Cup , scheduled to be held in October.
The World Cup is still far and I think that right now my focus is on Pakistan Super League and upcoming matches for Pakistan. When I approach the World Cup I will see what to do, he said.
Malik, 38, has already retired from the Tests after 35 matches and one-day Internationals (287), but still plays in the T20 format in which he has appeared in 113 games for Pakistan, in addition to appearing in different leagues of all the world.
Malik, a former Pakistan captain, had said after retiring from the ODI after the last World Cup that he would also leave at T20 Internationals.
I will have to see my fitness and my position on the national side closer to the World Cup than to make a decision on the final retirement, he told reporters.
The versatile also said he did not take criticism seriously, as it is like having breakfast in the morning at Pakistan cricket .
One gets used. I don't take it seriously. As I am not an insecure person and I have achieved a lot in life. For me, even now, playing for Pakistan is the greatest honor and performance, as well as a top professional
In regards to my fall after the World Cup as a professional cricketer, I have seen many ups and downs in life and I took it easy.
Malik said he just wanted to take advantage of all the opportunities available to do well for his country.
Malik also advised the Pakistan Cricket Board selectors to not pick players on basis of two or three performances in Pakistan Super League or league cricket.
The PSL is important to us, as it is seen internationally and widely followed by people and covered extensively by the media. But I would still emphasize that you don't select anyone or one or two parties. The criteria should be strong to choose a player for Pakistan.
I would say that if a player offers good performances, have him play at least two or three seasons and allow him to have a consistency in them before considering him for the selection.