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Full name Shoaib Malik
Born February 1, 1982, Sialkot, Punjab
Current age 31 years 113 days
Major teams Pakistan, Asia XI, Delhi Daredevils, Gloucestershire, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Reserves, Sialkot Cricket Association, Sialkot Stallions
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - Adeel Malik
|Test debut||Pakistan v Bangladesh at Multan, Aug 29-31, 2001 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Pakistan at Birmingham, Aug 6-9, 2010 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v West Indies at Sharjah, Oct 14, 1999 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Ireland v Pakistan at Dublin, May 23, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Pakistan at Bristol, Aug 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion, Mar 3, 2013 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Rawalpindi v Sialkot at Rawalpindi, Feb 18-20, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||1997|
|Last List A||Ireland v Pakistan at Dublin, May 23, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Lahore Eagles v Sialkot Stallions at Lahore, Apr 26, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Faisalabad Wolves v Sialkot Stallions at Lahore, Mar 31, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1*, 0/34||Pakistan||v Ireland||Dublin||23 May 2013||ODI # 3357|
|1/30, 23||PIA||v State B of P||Karachi||13 Apr 2013||LA|
|1/40, 108||PIA||v Habib Bank||Karachi||7 Apr 2013||LA|
|1, 0/57||PIA||v WAPDA||Hyderabad (Sind)||5 Apr 2013||LA|
|1/10, 40||S Stallions||v Wolves||Lahore||31 Mar 2013||T20|
|44, 2/24||S Stallions||v R Rams||Lahore||30 Mar 2013||T20|
|1/12, 31*||S Stallions||v Tigers||Lahore||29 Mar 2013||T20|
|1/18, 68||S Stallions||v Falcons||Lahore||27 Mar 2013||T20|
|2/35, 2||S Stallions||v Lahore Lions||Lahore||26 Mar 2013||T20|
|28||Pakistan||v South Africa||Benoni||24 Mar 2013||ODI # 3350|
There is almost no role in a cricket side that Shoaib Malik hasn't filled, so much so that over ten years into his career, nobody is sure what his precise and best role is.
In essence, he is a batting allrounder, though he started his career as an off-break bowler. Partly the problem is that he is capable, as a batsman, of fulfilling many roles with some competence. He has had success as an opener in Tests and ODIs; he has been game-changing as a limited-overs one down and dangerous as a lower-order slogger; often he has been a stodgy middle-order bulwark. In Twenty20s, he can be brutal anywhere.
It is thus difficult to recall a definitive Malik high; was it his maiden Test hundred as an opener against Sri Lanka in Colombo? A few hands that led to an ODI series win against India in 2005-06? A Champions Trophy hundred against India?
His basic game is tight, especially in the subcontinent. He isn't pretty, though there can be pleasantness in his high, stiff-elbowed drives and lofts. Square on both sides he is precise. Further, he runs well. With his flattish, very modern off-spin always useful for more than a few overs and a wicket here and there - less so after concerns over his action - and an athletic and languid presence in the field, Malik should be far greater a sum of his parts than he actually is.
He was for long earmarked as a potential captain - the late Bob Woolmer thought him the sharpest tack in Pakistan's set-up - but a stint with the captaincy was troubled, unimaginative and ended badly. It got even worse when the board banned him for a year in March 2010 as part of its unprecedented action on senior players after a disastrous tour of Australia.
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