Shoaib Malik plans to become commentator, anchor


Karachi: Shoaib Malik said he aims to try his luck in commentary and anchoring after taking retirement from cricket. 

Speaking exclusively to ARY News after achieving 10,000 T20 runs milestone, Malik said he is enjoying playing cricket and has no plan to take retirement in near future.

“I had said to retire after T20 World Cup 2020 but it has now been shifted to next year so my all focus is on that. I am fit and can play more cricket,” said Malik.

“Yes after retirement from cricket, I have a couple of plans which include commentary and I want to start my social media show as well, let’s hope for the best,” the 38-years-old cricketer went onto add.

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T20 Milestone

Malik said it was an honor for him to score 10,000 T20 runs and mark his name among some of the top cricketers in the shorter format of the game. “I am honored to have achieved this milestone and I look forward to some more prominent performances,” he said.

The cricketer also shared how his wife Sania Mirza reacted to this achievement. “Sania was a little upset that I didn’t tell her about this achievement before. She also scolded me for this but as you know husbands are used to of all this,” he told ARY News correspondent.

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Nurturing young talent

The veteran cricketer wants to deliver his experience to upcoming cricketers by playing with them. “I want to play with youngsters to share my experience. The day I will feel myself a burden on the team, I will quit,” he said.

Combination for 2023 World Cup

Malik suggested Pakistan team management to set a combination for the upcoming World Cup in 2023. “The team management needs to plan things for World Cup 2023. A pool of 20 to 22 players should be formed in order to give experience to all those players and make them capable of competing in the world event,” he said.

“Take an example of how England came up with proper execution of their plans. After the 2015 World Cup, they formed a team with strong combinations and then continued with those combinations to win World Cup in 2019,” he added.

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Zimbabwe Series

The all-rounder is looking forward to playing the upcoming T20I series against Zimbabwe. “I am available for selection and if I get a chance, I will try my best to fulfill my role in the team,” he concluded.

It must be noted here that Zimbabwe is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan in late October. The visitors will play three T20Is in Rawalpindi and as many ODIs in Lahore.

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