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Shoaib Malik aims to play World Cup and say 'bye-bye' to cricket

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Published: Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 14:52 [IST]
 
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Shoaib Malik aims to play World Cup

Raipur, Sep 24: Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik wants to play in the next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and say "bye-bye" to cricket.

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Malik, who is currently in India with the Hobart Hurricanes (Australia) team for Champions League 2014 (CLT20), is hoping to make a comeback to the national team at the earliest.

"Well, that is the aim at the moment," Malik told CLT20's official website last night (Tuesday) when asked about how hopeful he was of making the cut for World Cup 2015.

The 34-year-old scored a 22-ball 45 not out in Hurricanes' big win over Northern Knights in Raipur on Tuesday.

He continued, "I have been playing cricket regularly for Pakistan over the past three to four years but have been on and off the side for a lot of time. I get picked, play a few games and then get dropped again, which has been happening with me for quite some time now.

"This time if I get picked, I would want to have a word with the captain, the selectors and the team management that I would want to have my fair share of chances. If I get my chances I am sure I will play consistently for Pakistan."

Admitting that it was difficult to get back to the national team each time and start afresh, this time around, Malik wants to play well and bid adieu to cricket.

"It is quite difficult to get back each time and start afresh. It has been happening quite often now and I am kind of used to it. Hopefully this time when I get back I will play till the time I want to play and then say bye-bye to cricket.

"Cricket is my passion and I am not someone who will stay in my room if I don't do well. Obviously you do get frustrated. But you have to find ways to let go off those frustrations. I go to the gym, listen to some music, jump in the pool and talk to my family when I am in that kind of space," he said.

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