In international cricket, players retire after reaching the age of 40. However, former Pakistan captain and all-rounder Shoaib Malik has no intention of retiring even at the age of 41. He wants to play in T20 World Cup 2024, which West Indies and America are joint hosts. Apart from this, Malik is also eyeing the record of Chris Gayle popularly known as ‘Universe Boss’. He himself has revealed this. Malik has played 35 Tests, 287 ODIs and 124 T20 Internationals for Pakistan, scoring 1898, 7534 and 2435 runs respectively.
According to a Dawn News report, Malaika said at an event, “I play cricket and play it with great passion. I want to represent Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2024. If they (Pakistan Cricket Board) want me in the World Cup, I want a clarification from them. Let me tell you that Malik has not played any international match for the last two years. He played his last match for Pakistan in November 2021 against Bangladesh, which was a T20. Meanwhile, Malik has not played competitive cricket since playing for Jaffna Kings in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2023.
Malik further said, “My aim is to break Chris Gayle’s record for most runs in T20 cricket. I still need two thousand runs to break Gayle’s record. Thanks to Allah I have never had any problem with physical fitness. I would definitely want to play if I am talked to and given clarity. I am not playing cricket just because of T20 World Cup 2024. I am playing cricket because I am enjoying it.” Notably, Gayle has scored the most runs in T20 cricket with 14562 runs. Malik is second with 12688 runs. Malik needs 1874 runs to beat Gayle.