Asad Shafiq Farewell to the Cricket: The renowned former Pakistani Test middle-order batsman, recently declared his retirement from all cricket formats and is set to embark on a new role as a national selector.
At 37, Shafiq played a pivotal role in the Misbah-ul-Haq Test side during the 2010s, contributing significantly to their ascent to the pinnacle of Test rankings in August 2016. His retirement was disclosed following his captaincy for the Karachi Whites, securing the National T20 title by defeating Abbotabad in the final in Karachi. While he has committed to playing three games for SNGPL (Sui Northern Gas Pipelines) in the upcoming Patron’s Trophy – a first-class tournament for department teams – as a replacement for absent players on Test duty, the T20 final essentially marked his farewell.
Asad Shafiq Farewell to the Cricket
Shafiq concluded his illustrious Test career with 77 appearances for Pakistan, making his debut almost a decade prior in 2020. Despite his consistent presence on the domestic circuit, he admitted a diminishing enthusiasm for the game, stating, “I’m no longer feeling that excitement and passion that I did when I first started playing the game.”
Reflecting on his decision, Shafiq mentioned, “After being dropped in 2020, I kept on playing domestic cricket for three years in the hope of getting another crack at the Pakistan team. But before the start of this season, I had decided this would be my last season because I felt that closing in on 38 years of age, this was the time to retire instead of people telling me to step down.”
A key figure alongside Misbah, Younis Khan, and Azhar Ali, Shafiq formed a formidable middle order crucial to Pakistan’s success, particularly during their years of exile in the UAE. Concluding with 4660 runs at an average of 38.19, his career showcased consistency, even though his peak performance yielded averages close to the mid-40s. Notably, Shafiq holds the record for the most Test hundreds from the No. 6 position, surpassing Sir Garry Sobers’ milestone, notably achieved with a memorable century at the Gabba.
His journey began with an international debut in England, amidst the aftermath of the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. Shafiq’s early contributions played a role in rebuilding public trust. Looking ahead, Shafiq anticipates a role as a selector in Wahab Riaz’s revamped committee, pending the finalization of his contract. Also read Pakistan Secures Quarter-Final Berth in Junior Hockey World Cup Tournament