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Malik not thinking about the retirement



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Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik stayed tight-lipped after he was asked about his plans to retire from international cricket after the T20 World Cup.

The 39-year-old has been a member of Pakistan's national team since 1999, but he believes it is too soon to retire from the sport.

"My focus is now on the World Cup matches and I am not thinking about the retirement during the competition," said Malik, who had previously expressed his desire to retire from cricket with the World Cup trophy in hand.

On the other hand, Malik hailed skipper Babar Azam and believes he is a more mature captain than ever.

"There's improvement coming in the captaincy of Babar Azam. The best thing about Babar is that he doesn't take pressure of captaincy while he's on the pitch for batting. A man learns a lot with time and I think Babar is making good decisions now," he maintained.

Pakistan to face Namibia tomorrow after winning their first three matches.

"The team's morale is high, but we are not taking any match, including Namibia, easy. We will enter the field with full preparation," he added.