Shoaib Malik
'I feel we have a very good chance to win the World Cup' - Shoaib Malik

The Veteran batsman Shoaib Malik believes that Pakistan team has the potential to bring the World title home. In his interview with an international sports channel, he said that Pakistan have a very good chance to win the 2019 World Cup.

“I feel we have a very good chance to win the tournament,” Malik said during the interview. “But then having a ‘good chance’ doesn’t mean much, how we play each game and how we perform against the rest of the world will define how far we go, Yes, we have the ability to win the World Cup hands-down, but abilities don’t win you anything, performances do,” Malik told.

The 36-year-old expressed his desire to win the 50-over quadrennial tournament as he has already revealed his plans of retiring from 50-over cricket after the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

The Sialkot born cricketer also wished to make the tournament memorable through his performance, “My decision to retire is not necessarily connected to my fitness levels, though that is one of the inputs that I will take into account. The main point is that I want to be valuable to my country till the last game I play,” he said.

Malik has been a part of Pakistan’s two major cricketing moments, the World T20 title in 2009 and the ICC Champions Trophy crown in 2017.

The flamboyant batsman has nine ODI centuries to his name including a career-best of 143 against India at the 2004 Asia Cup in Colombo.

Shoaib Malik plans to retire from ODIs after 2019 World Cup