Malik eyes world stage double

09 May 2018 04:55:08 EST

Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik is targeting two more major international appearnaces before bowing out of international cricket.

The 36-year-old is aiming for a big couple of years before bowing out at the next World Twenty20 in Australia.

Malik, who has just switched from Barbados Tridents to the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the 2018 Caribbean Premier League, said: "The 2019 World Cup, 50-over cricket, is my last World Cup, but I want to play in the World T20 in 2020, that is my goal for Twenty20 cricket.

"These are the two big goals which I'm looking at - let's see how it goes. If I'm consistently performing then I want to play these two World Cups."

Malik played for Barbados for five years but is confident of success with his new Warriors team-mates - including compatriot Sohail Tanvir and West Indies spin twins Devendra Bishoo and Veerasammy Permaul.

"I've seen the squad and it's well balanced," he said.

And conditions in Guyana are not dissimilar to those closer to home for the 391-cap Pakistan star.
"Guyana is more like you're playing in the sub-continent I think. But on that particular day performance is the key of any cricketer and that's what I'm looking for," he added.

"Obviously, if you're playing for a new team the expectations are a lot from you. When they have seen someone that did well for a longer run the expectations are obviously high."

Pakistan are 10/1 to win the World Twenty20 in Australia. The host nation are 11/4 while England can be backed at 5/1.

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