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by Sandeep Shivam Tuesday 3 November 2015
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has announced his retirement from Test cricket at the conclusion of the ongoing third match against England in Sharjah.
Speaking to the press conference at the end of the third day's play, Malik revealed that he took the decision with the 2019 World Cup in mind.
"I am retiring from Test cricket after this match," Malik told reporters.
"The reason of my leaving Tests is not because of slump in form but it's because I want to give more time to my family and concentrate on the 2019 World Cup."
Malik, who made a comeback to the Test squad after five years, made an incredible 245 in the first innings of the first Test in Abu Dhabi.
However, the 33-year-old failed to build on that form in the rest of the series as he managed only 0, 2, 7, 38, and 0 in the five subsequent innings.
Malik also believes Pakistan have enough young talents around who can replace him.
"I realised today that this is the right time to leave the place for youngsters and Pakistan have many talented players who can fill in," said Malik.
Despite his sudden slump in form, Malik came up with a career best haul of 4-33 and played an effective hand in reducing England to 306 in their first innings of the third Test.
Malik’s Test debut came in 2001 against Bangladesh and he has so far featured in 35 Test matches including the ongoing game in Sharjah.
In his 14-year Test career, Malik has 1898 runs at an average of 35.14 from 60 innings, while he has accounted for 29 wickets from 42 innings.
In 2007 Malik also had a brief stint as the captain of the Pakistan Test side, leading the team in three games – two games against South Africa and one against India.
© Cricket World 2015