Pakistan Super League 2016 February 19, 2016

Malik steps down as Karachi Kings captain

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'I was struggling to focus' - Malik

Pakistan allrounder Shoaib Malik has stepped down as captain of Karachi Kings for the remainder of the Pakistan Super League. Ravi Bopara has been named as his successor.

Malik told the Karachi management that he was not able to focus on his cricket due to the captaincy duties, adding that he was happy to sit out as long as the team was winning. "End of the day the team is suffering. Hence I decided not to lead the team in the rest of the matches (this season). It is possible that I can concentrate more on my batting, bowling, fielding instead of handling so many things," Malik said.

"I was struggling to focus on my own game. I'm hoping we put up a good show tomorrow and for the rest of the tournament."

Malik pointed out that it was not the first time a stand-in captain had lead a team in the PSL. "Perhaps the team can get better. Maybe if someone else takes the (captaincy) responsibility then Karachi Kings could start winning. We have seen in the PSL that if a player has not played some matches then the team has started winning."

Malik has scored 157 runs in eight matches, at an average of 26.16 and a strike rate of 113.76. Malik led Karachi to two group stage wins in eight games and qualified for the playoffs having finished in fourth place, ahead of Lahore Qalandars on a better head-to-head record.

Bopara is currently second on both the run-scoring and wicket-taking charts. In eight matches, he has scored 292 runs at an average of 58.40 and a strike rate of 137, behind only Umar Akmal's competition tally of 335 runs. With the ball, Bopara has taken 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.57.

Karachi Kings will play Islamabad United in the second qualifying final on February 20.

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  •   Khan Mohsin on February 20, 2016, 15:21 GMT

    I have no idea how this guy gets in any team just look at his numbers . Thus guy is pathetic that can't even hold bat , look at his STATS . Can some one show those to pcb

  • Salman on February 20, 2016, 13:36 GMT

    i havent seen such display of pathetic captaincy in my life. He tried too much and was defensive over all. Not to mention as a player he is having an average tournament. I am not an expert but malik took some downright idiotic decisions like sending Sohail Tanveer higher up in the dearth overs over Imad Wasim and Mushfiqur Rahim. I mean it doesnt make sense at all. Tanveer is a one shot wonder. Any bowler can make him cry.

  • J on February 20, 2016, 13:31 GMT

    Tennis players have more stamina than cricket players, which is why shaoib feels the need to conserve his limited energies. This decision will help him a lot.

  • naveed on February 20, 2016, 13:03 GMT

    He did clever move , he z eyeing on Pakistan captaincy , he knows his team will be out tonight and used Bopara as escap goat and will put blame on him later to save his face for Pakistan team captaincy later on when Afridi will be retired .

  • J on February 20, 2016, 11:18 GMT

    I think shoaib needs to concentrate more on his home front and save his energies, which is why stepping down from captaincy was a good decision.

  • shahid on February 20, 2016, 4:32 GMT

    PCB failed to maintain discipline here. Even if the franchises are owned by private people, they must observe some rules. How is it possible that a player is allowed to go and talk to the media against his own captain? And then instead of punishing him, you make him captain of the team? Is PCB sleeping here.

  • Devinderpal Singh on February 19, 2016, 23:53 GMT

    The correct decision has been made. Malik made obvious mistakes as captain, when on the field, such as not bowling a few bowlers at all, or bowling them belated. He doesn't seem to know what his best bowling options are for phases of an innings, and not bowling Bopara, when he has been on fire in the tournament, is near-criminal. With the batting order, he, for some reason, moved Bopara down to 5, despite what he was doing at 4, so such actions are completely incomprehensible. While those are Bopara-related issues, there are others too, but the aforementioned are the biggest mistakes, given what he has done in the PSL.

    With Bopara as captain, he should bowl himself either at the end of the Powerplay, or the 7th over, and bowl through, if he is going well. With the bat, the batting order (injury permitting) should be: L.Simmons, S.Hasan, S.Al Hasan, R.S.Bopara, S.Malik, M.Rahim. Al Hasan will disrupt the bowlers' line if he bats through, and he is a dangerous batsman in his own right.

  • Shahzad on February 19, 2016, 22:18 GMT

    Poor Decision.. he is Pakistan most successful T20 captain...

  • OmerPaki123 on February 19, 2016, 22:15 GMT

    hmm strange i would never do that but then again i don't think that i will shuffle my batting order in every game and that's why i think they have been losing no consistency.

  • Muhammad Ammar on February 19, 2016, 20:36 GMT

    Courageous dicision. Let's hope he will be able to focus on his duty afterwards.

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