Asad Shafiq retires from all forms of cricket.

Asad Shafiq retires from all forms of cricket.

Former Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket at the age of 37. Shafiq played a pivotal role in Misbah-ul-Haq’s Test team during the 2010s, contributing to Pakistan reaching the top of the Test rankings in August 2016.

Having played his last of 77 Tests in 2020,

Shafiq continued in domestic cricket but revealed a diminishing excitement for the game. Despite striving for a return to the national team, he decided to conclude his cricketing career. Shafiq disclosed his retirement after leading the Karachi Whites to victory in the National T20 final against Abbottabad in Karachi.

Shafiq, along with Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, and Azhar Ali, formed a formidable middle order that played a crucial role in Pakistan’s success, particularly during their home matches in the UAE. With an average of 38.19, Shafiq often batted at No. 6, connecting the top order to a vulnerable lower order. Notable performances, including a memorable century at the Gabba and a crucial 109 at The Oval, contributed to Pakistan’s Test victories and top ranking.

Following the 2010 spot-fixing controversy,

Shafiq made his international debut in England and played under Misbah’s captaincy. Expressing the challenges post-2010, Shafiq emphasized the need to regain public trust. He now anticipates a contract to join Wahab Riaz’s new committee as a selector.

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