Pakistan news April 10, 2012

I have a lot of cricket left - Malik

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Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan former captain, believes that he could be in contention for national selection after leading his sides to domestic one-day and Twenty20 titles. Malik, who is not contracted by the PCB, has also been called for a fitness assessment at the National Cricket Academy.

"I know I have a lot of cricket left," Malik told ESPNCricinfo. "They [PCB] know what I am capable of and how I can make a difference by being in the team. I am fit and in the best form. There is always a bad patch in every player's life but that doesn't mean he is done with his cricket - that's not the case."

Malik, 30, last represented Pakistan in the ODI series against England in UAE, but was dropped for the Asia Cup. During that period, he led PIA to the Faysal Bank One-Day National Cup title while finishing it as the leading scorer and second on the list of wicket-takers. Two weeks later, he led Sialkot Stallions to the Faysal Bank Super Eight T-20 Cup.

"I am very motivated to try and get back into the side. There is always a time in your life when you are tested but what's important is that you stand tall and look for the best out of the worst. I have played some great match-winning knocks for the country that earned me a great reputation both on and off the field."

Malik's performances in domestic cricket highlight his value as a leader and as an allrounder - the dual role he played when captain of Pakistan. During two years of his leadership, from 2007, Pakistan failed to win any of the three Tests it played, but won 24 out of 36 ODIs and 12 of 17 T20Is.

"I should not have accepted the captaincy at that time and that is my biggest regret in my cricketing career. It's not like I wasn't ready but there are other factors that I think should not be part of the debate at the moment. I have never complained about anyone and I always want to focus on my game and want to play my cricket with best of my ability."

Malik's previous comeback attempts proved to be disappointing and he failed to impress against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England. However, his recent form makes him a strong limited-overs prospect and increases the likelihood of his getting a one-year contract this year.

"The difference is the confidence. Every player has role to play in the team and he is always become successful only once he is given confidence."

"As far as the captaincy is concerned I am least interested in it. I don't know what they [PCB] are going to decide about me but I have ensured my best performance at the domestic level and my fitness is perfect for international cricket."

Edited by Devashish Fuloria

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Happy_AusBang on April 13, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    At the moment Pakistan is running low on talent so it would be wise to keep their options open. Apart from three or four players no one should be considered an automatic selection; and if that is the case, Shoaib Malik may still get the chance to play a few matches.

  • on April 13, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Younus Khan can easily be replaced by Malik at No 3 for ODIs. He can open the batting too in ODI and T20. Mind you, he's a good fielder too. In my opinion he should be a permanent member of Pakistan's ODI and T20 setup.

  • on April 13, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    The only cricket that Malik should be playing is on his PS3 or XBox he doesnt make the billing from my point of view.

  • Sports4Youth on April 13, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @ ExplicitPlatinum on (April 11 2012, 13:01 PM GMT) :- Your comments well recieved. Thanx for the same. I fully agree with you regarding A.Shafiq in T20, but i feel uptill now the problem looked very compounded because there were 3 slow batsmen (Younis, Misbah & Shafiq). Now if you have heard the unconfirmed news that Younis and Misbah will be done away with from the shorter format games, if this is true then shafiq may not be a very bad one, but in anycase I dont mind if in anycase shafiq is dropped from T20. In anycase Shafiq is not a very good specialist for T20. Regarding U.Gul i am fed up with him. He never performs against good batting teams. W.Riaz is too eratic, risky. Regarding Sadaf and Talha i completely agree with you. regariding Rahat Ali i can concede that point to you, But you can rotate Anwar ali & Rahat if the opportunity is there. So I fully agree with your points and would like to see pak prepare for the next world cup.

  • on April 13, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Shoaib Malik hit five boundaries in his innings, Pakistan v England, 1st T20, Dubai, February, 23, 2012 Shoaib Malik's successful domestic season could lead to a national contract © Getty Images Enlarge Related Links Report : Malik claims five in Sialkot win Report : Malik stars as PIA take title Players/Officials: Shoaib Malik Teams: Pakistan Sites: Cricinfo ICC Site

    Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan former captain, believes that he could be in contention for national selection after leading his sides to domestic one-day and Twenty20 titles. Malik, who is not contracted by the PCB, has also been called for a fitness assessment at the National Cricket Academy.

    "I know I have a lot of cricket left," Malik told ESPNCricinfo. "They [PCB] know what I am capable of and how I can make a difference by being in the team. I am fit and in the best form. There is always a bad patch in every player's life but that doesn't mean he is done with his cricket - that's not the case."

    Malik, 30, last repres

  • SaadS123 on April 12, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    The problem with Shoaib is that he's a good allrounder with the true meaning of the word. He was never a real superstar player. If you notice the great superstar allrounders of the world always are good enough to be in the team on either merit, bat or ball. Flintoff, Kallis, even Watson and to some extent Afridi and Razzaq. So the point being I personally wouldn't select Malik on either skill on its own for international cricket as he has never contributed too much on either.

  • jabberwack89 on April 12, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    hafeez dosent have the right shots and look at his average tabish khan is much much better and quicker than gul and keema

  • K.A.K on April 12, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    CricInfo team, please remove Kaneria's photo from Pakistan's main page and replace it with Shoaib Malik or Azhar Mahmood who are also in the news these days and for better reasons. Thanks

  • on April 12, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    A Complete package but still unable to establish as an all-rounder at International Arena. All the very best for your future cricket.

  • amubarak on April 12, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    He needs to seek other career options... like Tennis? Lol

  • Happy_AusBang on April 13, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    At the moment Pakistan is running low on talent so it would be wise to keep their options open. Apart from three or four players no one should be considered an automatic selection; and if that is the case, Shoaib Malik may still get the chance to play a few matches.

  • on April 13, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Younus Khan can easily be replaced by Malik at No 3 for ODIs. He can open the batting too in ODI and T20. Mind you, he's a good fielder too. In my opinion he should be a permanent member of Pakistan's ODI and T20 setup.

  • on April 13, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    The only cricket that Malik should be playing is on his PS3 or XBox he doesnt make the billing from my point of view.

  • Sports4Youth on April 13, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @ ExplicitPlatinum on (April 11 2012, 13:01 PM GMT) :- Your comments well recieved. Thanx for the same. I fully agree with you regarding A.Shafiq in T20, but i feel uptill now the problem looked very compounded because there were 3 slow batsmen (Younis, Misbah & Shafiq). Now if you have heard the unconfirmed news that Younis and Misbah will be done away with from the shorter format games, if this is true then shafiq may not be a very bad one, but in anycase I dont mind if in anycase shafiq is dropped from T20. In anycase Shafiq is not a very good specialist for T20. Regarding U.Gul i am fed up with him. He never performs against good batting teams. W.Riaz is too eratic, risky. Regarding Sadaf and Talha i completely agree with you. regariding Rahat Ali i can concede that point to you, But you can rotate Anwar ali & Rahat if the opportunity is there. So I fully agree with your points and would like to see pak prepare for the next world cup.

  • on April 13, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Shoaib Malik hit five boundaries in his innings, Pakistan v England, 1st T20, Dubai, February, 23, 2012 Shoaib Malik's successful domestic season could lead to a national contract © Getty Images Enlarge Related Links Report : Malik claims five in Sialkot win Report : Malik stars as PIA take title Players/Officials: Shoaib Malik Teams: Pakistan Sites: Cricinfo ICC Site

    Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan former captain, believes that he could be in contention for national selection after leading his sides to domestic one-day and Twenty20 titles. Malik, who is not contracted by the PCB, has also been called for a fitness assessment at the National Cricket Academy.

    "I know I have a lot of cricket left," Malik told ESPNCricinfo. "They [PCB] know what I am capable of and how I can make a difference by being in the team. I am fit and in the best form. There is always a bad patch in every player's life but that doesn't mean he is done with his cricket - that's not the case."

    Malik, 30, last repres

  • SaadS123 on April 12, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    The problem with Shoaib is that he's a good allrounder with the true meaning of the word. He was never a real superstar player. If you notice the great superstar allrounders of the world always are good enough to be in the team on either merit, bat or ball. Flintoff, Kallis, even Watson and to some extent Afridi and Razzaq. So the point being I personally wouldn't select Malik on either skill on its own for international cricket as he has never contributed too much on either.

  • jabberwack89 on April 12, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    hafeez dosent have the right shots and look at his average tabish khan is much much better and quicker than gul and keema

  • K.A.K on April 12, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    CricInfo team, please remove Kaneria's photo from Pakistan's main page and replace it with Shoaib Malik or Azhar Mahmood who are also in the news these days and for better reasons. Thanks

  • on April 12, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    A Complete package but still unable to establish as an all-rounder at International Arena. All the very best for your future cricket.

  • amubarak on April 12, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    He needs to seek other career options... like Tennis? Lol

  • dmqi on April 12, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    If the selection committee has good judgement, Malik and Kamran Akmal must not be brought back. There are many young talents who should get chance before these trouble makers' inclusion. Look at future not on the past.

  • saabir786 on April 11, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    i was very big fan of mallik in his early days now he looks to be short of confidence also his techniqe is not suited to seaming & swinging conditions like in england,aus, newzealand and saf.i have become a huge fan of Ahmed Shehzad after watching his innings in newzealand and recently concluded BPL in bangladesh where he was hiting bowlers to all part of the ground he was matching chris gayle short by short.he is the very very talented and perhaps the most talented player in pak at present along with U Akmal.he can do what the kohli is doing for india.Im an indian but i love the way he bat.he can also bowl a bit of legspinners like laala.so my appeal to all pak fans to back this lad for comeback along with I Nazir before world cup.

  • saabir786 on April 11, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    to shahbaz.Jabberwack89 Mallik is tried and tested failure captain during his time pak never performed.very average players were selected like farhat,Hammed etc.Although he did played some matchwinning innings against india in subcontinent but his record away from asia is poor on the other hand proffesor carrer graph is in the right direction though his average and strike rate after played around 100 matches is only 26 and 68 only which is very shameful as far as opener is concerned but he make up all these through his accurate bowling.he loves to bowl to the left handers so haffez is better contender for captaincy also laala can be a good captain as he led the side to 2 semifinals in t20 & 50overs with the very average side having players like Imran Farhat etc

  • crazy11Four on April 11, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is a Good Utility Player but he is a liability for the team in all formats. If he bats he will not bowl full quotas of over or if he bowls he cannot bat. he was never properly used by earlier pakistani captains. he could have become a back up for abdul razzaq but no one cares how they shape up the future of cricketers. Also individuals like shoaib malik and imran nazir wasted there talents not giving their extra effort to be a star player. For example look at Virat Kohli today and compare with umar akmal. It is head coach responsibilty to shape up these talented cricketers.

  • on April 11, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    malik is the best option for the captaincy for all f0rmat...

  • Sports4Youth on April 11, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    @ ExplicitPlatinum on (April 11 2012, 13:01 PM GMT) :- Your comments well recieved. Thanx for the same. I fully agree with you regarding A.Shafiq in T20, but i feel uptill now the problem looked very compounded because there were 3 slow batsmen (Younis, Misbah & Shafiq). Now if you have heard the unconfirmed news that Younis and Misbah will be done away with from the shorter format games, if this is true then shafiq may not be a very bad one, but in anycase I dont mind if in anycase shafiq is dropped from T20. In anycase Shafiq is not a very good specialist for T20. Regarding U.Gul i am fed up with him. He never performs against good batting teams. W.Riaz is too eratic, risky. Regarding Sadaf and Talha i completely agree with you. regariding Rahat Ali i can concede that point to you, But you can rotate Anwar ali & Rahat if the opportunity is there. So I fully agree with your points and would like to see pak prepare for the next world cup.

  • on April 11, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Shoaib Malik was never a match winner. He should explore different ways to be famous and rich.

  • jabberwack89 on April 11, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    malik is better than dash hafeez tabish khan should play instead of gul

  • saabir786 on April 11, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    pak t20 side in the world cup should be 1.I Nazir.2 A.Shehzad 3.Hafeez.4.U Akmal 5.Afridi 6.Hammad.7.Razzak 8.U Akmal 9.Gul,10 Ajmal 11.Rana.Reserves should be(N Jamshed,Shahzaib,Sami,Sadaf ). In this side every player is match winner Razzak,Azam & Haffez can bring calmness in the middle order while others can play their natural game.In Bowling u have 3 genuine spinners(slow pitches in lanka).we can open the bowling with haffez\razzak or even and gul can finish in solg overs like we did in 2010 world cup which we won.This side if play to its potential can beat any side in the world and can become world champions

  • saabir786 on April 11, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    plz dont bring back him in the side due to following reasons 1.enough opportunity was given to him he was disastrus against lanka even against minnows.2 he is no more a youngster.3.not a power hitter like razzak or afridi.4.already so many spin allrounders in the side.5.he was the very negativei captain & weak capain i still remember the series against india in india(2007-08)he was very negative and defensive captain even misbah is better than him.6always plays plotics in the side.7.pak need to look forward like aussies & india who drop ponting and dravid rather than backwards

  • ExplicitPlatinum on April 11, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    @Sports4Youth I have thought long and hard for the best order in all three formats. This is what I think the line up should be. Tests- 1.) Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Azhar Ali 4.) Younis Khan 5.) Misbah (C) 6.) Umar Akmal 7.) Sarfraz Ahmed (WK) 8.) Abdur Rehman/Wahab Riaz/Mohammad Talha 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan

    ODI's- 1.) Hafeez (Vice captain) 2.) Nasir Jamshed 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.)Umar Akmal 5.) Hammad Azam 6.) Sarfraz (WK) 7.) Shahid Afridi (C) 8.) Umar Gul 9.) Saeed Ajmal 10.) Mohammad Talha 11.) Junaid Khan

    T20's- 1.) Hafeez (Vice captain) 2.) Imran Nazir 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Hammad Azam 6.) Shahid Afridi 7.) Sarfraz (WK) 8.) Abdul Razzaq 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan

  • ExplicitPlatinum on April 11, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @Sports4Youth I'm glad someone like you understands the importance of looking at future prospects for the 2015 WC. I'd say Younis should be replaced by Ahmed Shehzad in the ODI department. Not sure about you but ever wonder why Asad Shafiq is in T20's when he doesn't accelerate and that he doesn't put a decent score in ODI's? Umar Gul is a 3rd bowler and should be included in the squad but he we need a bowling coach to give him his confidence. I have checked Rahat Ali's profile but to be honest he isn't as good as Sadaf Hussain or Mohammad Talha. Hussain and Talha strictly need a test debut because there is no hiding place in T20's. And don't forget about Junaid Khan. If he wasn't given a debut at all, we would be screaming for him. 3 seamers should be- Umar Gul, Mohammad Talha and Junaid Khan (Rotate in next matches with Anwar Ali, Sadaf Hussain, Wahab Riaz) Spinners- Afridi, Hafeez and Ajmal.

  • on April 11, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Shoaib Malik can never be the captain of the Pakistani side as long as Shahid Afridi and Mohd.Hafeez are in the side. As far as a position in the side, its probable but i expect another failure. His best days are behind him.

  • alonetiger on April 11, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    yeah,,shoaib is a good choice for all three vesions of cricket coz he is far better than guys like misbah or younis,the only thing that use him on top order and give him lots of overs and time to settle,i will keep him as an opner in all three formates and i m sure he will give me v good result coz he can hit the ball more far than afridi and he can stay at the crease more than younis and misbah,,so y not in the test side aswell,,and the whole world knows his talent about ODIs and T20.so he should b given captiancy and he should b given a chance as opner with hafeez,,and by doing this our batting line will b much stronger and long.

  • Sports4Youth on April 11, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Will be interesting to see what team is being selected for pakistans next assignment versus australia in sri lanka, because during the Asia cup final there was unconfirmed news that Misbah, Younis and Gul would be playing their last game in odis and that irrespective of the result in the finals they would not be considered for future odi or T20 games. In that final game Misbah & Younis failed with the bat. Pak wants to build their team for the next world cup. Better start doing now, no time to waste.

  • on April 11, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    He proved himself in the domestic side, he needs to do that in the National.

  • OhPakistan on April 11, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    I wont be surprised if Malik returns after dismal show against weaker sides ! In Pakistan ANYTHING can happen and stranger things have happened in past.

  • S.A.Siddiqui on April 11, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    May be yes but for some other country, not for Pakistan. I remeber his wife's interview in which she said 'In a match between India and Pakistan, I want Shoaib to score a century and India to win the match'. It's all so selfish.

  • on April 11, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Please keep yourself away from PCT Malik doesn't deserve any thing for PCT. stay out please

  • on April 11, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Well he should be given a proper chance last come back was totally disaster for him bcoz he was put to bat on 7-8 number and thats not fair for someone batting on 3-4 position in his career. He truly deserve a chance.

  • on April 11, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    He is true that he has a lots of cricket left..He certainly has a place in the team but he should avoid any politics for captaincy..

  • RankPace on April 11, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Boom-Boom (Afridi) is roughly one year older than Professor (Hafeez) and professor is roughly one year older than Malik. I don't see how Malik can get into the team as long as these guys are around, leave alone captaining in any format. Not to mention Misbah may continue for a few years in the Test format. By the time professor and Boom-Boom retire Malik will be close to retirement. And given his ordinary performances thus far i dont think people would want him to play past 35 though Hafeez and Afridi may. Malik is a spent force, forget him.

  • on April 11, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Pakistan is wasting talent like anwar ali and I He is far better bowler than gul, cheema, riaz,junaid,etc. And also a very good hitter.

    PCB seriously think and select anwar ali. A guy who can replace All times best Razzaq.

  • Shahzad_Tirmizi on April 11, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Shoaib Malik failed against Zim, SL, Bang & Eng in 2011-12, But he's a candidate for Pak Captaincy, strange policy.

  • hani2 on April 11, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    hahahahahha again and agian .........why?.. .i do not remember any good quality innings against higher quality bowling attacks.but.............. he will comeback again due to political and some other reasons..............understand.....................hahahahhahaha

  • on April 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    His performances with bat and ball are not consistent. But I am impressed with his Captain ship abilities in domestic one day and T20's format of the game. I would suggest there should be different International teams and Captains for Pakistan in Test, ODI's and T20's.

    For Test team:1. Hafeez 2. Taufeeq 3. Azhar Ali 4. Yunous Khan 5.Misbah(Captain) 6. Asad Shafiq 7. Adnan Akmal 8. Umer Gul 9. Abdul Rehman 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Aizaz Cheema Reserves: Umer Akmal, Junaid Khan, Shoaib Malik, Hammad Azam

    For ODI's team:1. Hafeez(Captain) 2. Nasir Jamshed 3.Yunous Khan 4.Asad Shafiq 5. Umer Akmal 6. Hammad Azam 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Umer Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Aizaz Cheema Reserves: Malik, Ahmed Shehzad, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan

    For T20 team:1. Imran Nazir 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Hafeez 4. Umer Akmal 5. Shoiab Malik(Captain) 6. Hammad Azam 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Rana Naveed 10.Umer Gul 11. Saeed Ajmal Reserves: Aizaz Cheema, Junaid Khan, Suhail Tanvir,Ahmed Shehzad

  • alonetiger on April 11, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    since the arrival of experts people like dave whatmor the PCB is diverting towards very good direction and soon we will see very good new decisions.yes,shoaib malik is the only great choice for pakistan to lead the team in all three foramts coz he is awesome talent but it is up to a coach and selectors how they use him in the side .the previouse team managment and selectors were so wrong about shoaib malik coz they didnt use him properly or on and off,,but now it is his time coz his talent can only be identified by the great cricket minds like dave whatmore s group.shoaib malik and hafeez r the only two players who can play in all three formates of the games but depend how u use them,shoaib has the experince and maturity also now in his captiancy and we all seen this in the sialkot stallions side,,so end for misbah,,and it should b only one captain shoaib malik for all three formates.

  • Nadeem1976 on April 11, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Last time i was impressed by Malik performance was in 2005 or 2004 against South africa and Srilanka. After that he never performed well at all in international cricket. He wins too many domestic tournaments but when he plays in international cricket he is failure and is second to best. Never seen him dominating in cricket for while now. PCB should give him last chance and if he fails then good bye ta ta for ever. By the way too many over aged players are not good for pakistani team future. over 30 you are old.

  • on April 11, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Assalam u Allikum...... Hafeez and Afridi's age is almost same. so he is not the future leader

  • on April 11, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    He should be given a chance , only when Hafeez is unfit, or when younis and Misbah retires---!

  • cricket_fan_1980 on April 11, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    I wouldn't completely write off Shoaib, but he fails so consistently at the international level, that I'm just not sure about yet another chance, especially since this current Pakistan outfit has the privilege of being well stocked, with lots of options for many positions. What we don't need really is a spinning all-rounder, since Hafeez and Afridi fill that position quite well. Of course with Ajmal, I think we're set with spin. Malik's domestic season has been quite special though, so I'm not really very sure what to do about him. Maybe let him play a few dead-rubber games to prove himself against higher quality bowling attacks? Hafeez definitely the main contender for captaincy after Misbah.

  • on April 10, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    he is an Asset for Pakistan.one of the best allrounder produced by Pakistan.a batsman who can play all type of game.can open.fit in the middle order,can slog in the end.a very useful bowler and a great fielder.he will make pakistan's limited oers team at any day..Pakistan should make him captain.he is one of the best leader.he has been proving it from years in Int as well as domestic cricket.a world record holder captain...

  • on April 10, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    I am not sure what you guys think but I guess Hafeez should be considered as the future Captain of Pakistan once Misbah and Afridi retire. Professor should be given a chance.

  • Sports4Youth on April 10, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    @ allstyllz on (April 10 2012, 19:07 PM GMT) "MALIK - next caption of PAKISTAN cricket team." :-- Yeah, Malik can become captain of Pak after Afridi and Hafeez have retired.

  • Sports4Youth on April 10, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    @ touqeer777 on (April 10 2012, 12:21 PM GMT) : - Keep dreaming.

  • Sports4Youth on April 10, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    In recent time pakistan have tried a few younsters in a tough series against England and Asia Cup. Some of them have been quite encouraging. I also like Awais Zia in the T20 games against England. Hammad Azam is a very good prospect, though he needs to add a little speed. Junaid Khan looks good. cheema also. Safraz Ahmed should be given the gloves acrross all formats. Nasir Jamshed was more than impressive with the bat but needs to improve his fitness, he is overweigh. Looks like he subscribes to the Inzamam school of fitness. Now in the build up to the next T20 world cup , pakistan should persist with these younsters. And try a few more youngsters in the fast bowling deparment.

  • Sports4Youth on April 10, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    @ ExplicitPlatinum on (April 10 2012, 16:50 PM GMT) :- TOTALLY AGREED. Perfectly dealt with all the issues of pak cricket. Great comment. Even i don't like the policy of continuesly recycling old failures. Better way forward is to try out the new younster who are deffinately more talented and hungry for success. Also i agree that there is a great urgency to bring in M.Talha, Sadaf Hussain and Rahat Ali into the side. Also i would like to see the keeping gloves being given to Sarfraz Ahmed in all formats of the game.

  • ZA77 on April 10, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    I think promote those who has technical skills. Presence of Afridi plus Hafeez are already making bowling line weak and then another one. Is we forgot what is the role of specialists in team. Aus always beat S. Africa in one day at big occasion but Africa had four to five all rounders as compare to them none or one. So my team is Openers Nasir plus Ahmed Shehzad or Khalid Latif or Shahzaib (choose any best two), no. 3 Younis Khan or Azhar Ali, no. 4 Misbah the only anchor in team no. 5 Umer Akmal (first five are main responsible for winning the matches) no. 6 Sarfaraz Ahmed and then no. 7 Shahid Afridi then two swing like Sami and Rana Naveed or anyone else who should have speed, one spinner like Saeed and one seamer like Umer Gul or two seamers another one like Iftikhar Anjum (totally forgot). In Asia, we can add Hafeez at no. 6 then Afridi no. 7 and Sarfaz no. 8 or vice versa. Then three bowlers. In this way we have eight batsman and five bowlers in Asia.

  • Sports4Youth on April 10, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    @ Behind_the_Wicket on (April 10 2012, 17:20 PM GMT) :- Agreed. When Malik became the captain he stopped bowling and he was thinking that he was in the side as a pure batsman. That was a grevous mistake. Uptill now i regarded him as a good fielder, but his fielding efforts against Engand were highly disspointing he dropped catches and missed fielding. Now the role of a spinning allrounder is being done perfectly by Hafeez. Hafeez is taking his bowling very seriously and regularly delivering results for his team. You cannot have too many players of the same type in the same team. If you try to bring in Malik there will be 3 off spinners (Ajmal and Hafeez being the other 2). That is not required. And he cannot come into the team as a batsman.

  • Sports4Youth on April 10, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Yeah. And that lot of cricket you will be playing in the domestic competitions. You are good for that level only as we found out in the SL and England series.

  • on April 10, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    malik doesnt deserve to be back, a couple domestic performances dont prove your worth, especially when you have been around for many years and haven't played many match winning innings, he has always been a mediocre player, he has always been the good-for-nothing guy!

  • Stark62 on April 10, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    NO, NO definitely NOT!!!!

    His been given too many chances and it's time to give youngster a chance like: Ahmed Shezhad, Haris Sohail, Naved Yasin, Fawad Alam (Tests) etc.

  • sirvivfan on April 10, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Malik should not be brought back.... He has so poor body language and he is bad influence in the side. I always thought he was a trouble maker. More youngsters should be brought into the side.... The youngster who played in New Zealand ... Ahmed? Should be brought back in the side. Riaz

  • allstyllz on April 10, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    MALIK - next caption of PAKISTAN cricket team.

  • papay65 on April 10, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Malik is yesterday's man; you can't even say he's living on past glories because he never had any! He was an average international player at best and only kept his place in the team because he was captain. As a player he fermented trouble at every opportunity for the incumbent captain and created the kind of factions the team have put behind them now. He has had chance after chance, why do we have to keep going back to the same players? There is plenty of young talent in Pakistan. Malik has no place in any Pakistan team in any format. Can we please close this debate continuously raised in the press by Malik himself! I don't see anybody clamouring for his return. If he was to be made captain in any format it would be an extreme retrospective step and a slap in the face for the players in the team and on the fringes of the team. Malik thanks for the non-memories just play out the rest of your career in first class cricket and stop blowing your own trumpet.

  • K.A.K on April 10, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    "I have a lot of cricket left" and Sialkot is team you perform with and it is a good match. Sialkot should play more cricket.

  • Afridipak on April 10, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Actualy the problem is that we have got so many players in the bench like Ahmed shehzad,Kamran akmal,Abdul razzaq the team is very full sorry for malik no place for u bro

  • FIPL on April 10, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    @ Shoaib Malik: "I have a lot of cricket left" where???? ohh I know Brian Lara Cricket on your PC... RIGHT

  • on April 10, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    I cant believe why people commenting here don`t want Shoaib Malik back>The first thing I would say is that players are selected on the basis of domestic performances.If they`re good enough why not get him into the national side.He`s been brilliant at it.A player as experienced as him deserves chances.Every player has had a bad patch in the Pakistani team.Would love to see Malik in the t20 team atleast.You guys are naive,his performances last year?You guys loved him when he scored 120 odd against India in champions trophy!Open your minds a bit..

  • Behind_the_Wicket on April 10, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    I think no space for Malik , Good performance once in a blue moon is not enough Mr. Malik.Other thing While Hafeez is playing Malik has no chance to get his place.

  • SyedAbidHussain on April 10, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    There is no way he can be re-considered. He has nothing to offer to the team and he does not fit anywhere in the current set-up. And going by his comments, he is aiming a slot in the middle-order, which is jam packed as of now with the likes of Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal giving each other severe competitionl. And his mediocre spin bowling is not required at all, there are a total of 4 quality spinners and one pacer. The team is in need of only a good fast bowler to support Gul. Its better to groom Hammad Azam instead of bringing back Malik. Hammad will provide the team with a medium pace option and a solid lower order batting. Hammad looks like a perfect replacement for Abdur Razzaq. Good-bye Malik !!

  • ExplicitPlatinum on April 10, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Pakistan has already made progress of including 4 new talented members for the dream team and they are: Junaid Khan, Nasir Jamshed, Hammad Azam and Azhar Ali. Us fans were very tolerate and patient of these 4 to finally arrive in the squad and have proved their part. All is left is for Ahmed Shehzad to occupy the number 3 slot in the batting order. We cannot afford Shehzad to be wasted, he's already scored 2 centuries and is hungry for runs at a young age. Shoaib Malik is a very sly guy. He really wants that captaincy back and is also out of form. We shouldn't allow him to come back for the T20 WC 2012 at all and have Afridi being the captain with Hafeez being the vice captain. All else is left is a bowling coach to perfect Wahab Riaz who is rustly like no tomorrow and to bring in Mohammad Talha and Sadaf Hussain. Other than that, Pakistan will be a team beater.

  • on April 10, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    i think he should have a chance !!!

  • jabberwack89 on April 10, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    malik cm back u r better than younis and hafeez and where is the future fast bowler tabish khan

  • Hasan999 on April 10, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Bowling is already full, which means, he wants to come as a Batsman? - I think Ahmed Shahzad and Kamran Akmal should be preferred instead of him.

  • El_Toro_Loco on April 10, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Not for Int'l cricket & to represent Pakistan. Keep playing in the domestic circuit though OR may be IPL.... Ciao

  • ifabbas on April 10, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Mr. malik u can only score for Sialkot or PIA. so plz dont have dream for come back. just play for ur domestic team.

  • on April 10, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    he should never come back now, we have had enough of him...his performances at domestic level do not mean anything, as everyone is aware that it is quite easy for players to pile runs in domestic cricket...furthermore a below avg bowler like malik was the second highest wicket-taker of the local tournament so one can get an idea of how competitive cricket he has been playing..

  • on April 10, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    This guy just doesn't give up. I'm sorry to say but Shoaib Malik is just not Boom Boom. Each time he has been selected over the last 2 years he has failed to impress, he has hardly made runs and has really struggled.

    In terms of his match winning knocks there have been very few and far. His captaincy led to many rifts and grouping occurring within the team.

    Simply put he is just not that special so he can perform all he likes at domestic level but it's time youngsters such as Hammad Azam are given a chance to excel.

  • umairasgharbutt on April 10, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    he should be the captain of t20 team.. there is o replacement for experience !

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    I wouldn't bother giving him a spot in test team, but he could be a good addition to the t20i team. If he shows results in t20i format, then he can be given a chance in ODI team, but he has never been a good test player, so keep him away from test format.

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Afridi is the best option for T20 team captain bcz in limited ovr game agressive mind captian can play well.Malik can play only in ODis in middle order for parternership, he has no more difference from Misbah's slow battting style.

  • M.Seemab on April 10, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I want him in team... and may be captain of T20 side.. that may be the best

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    mr malik, please show this talent in the international games as well. In fact. you should go above and beyond your expectations.

  • KarmatBaig on April 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    We don't need any more politics in the team with your inclusion, team is working nicely without you. Just review your performance during the past few years and say if you really deserve to be in the team.

  • touqeer777 on April 10, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Malik will be captain for T20 WC.I wish Sialkot Stallians can play champion league this year.

  • on April 10, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Shoaib is a domestic bully who isn't cut out for international cricket he will always be mediocre in international cricket and cannot play on pitches which offer the bowlers assistance... i'm not even going to mention his test record which outside of Asia is abysmal

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    He is over now. We saw his performance in the past 3 come-backs where he wasnt even able to buy a run...

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    for God's sake PCB dont bring him back. he will ruin every positive thing happened..

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  • on April 10, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    for God's sake PCB dont bring him back. he will ruin every positive thing happened..

  • on April 10, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    He is over now. We saw his performance in the past 3 come-backs where he wasnt even able to buy a run...

  • on April 10, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Shoaib is a domestic bully who isn't cut out for international cricket he will always be mediocre in international cricket and cannot play on pitches which offer the bowlers assistance... i'm not even going to mention his test record which outside of Asia is abysmal

  • touqeer777 on April 10, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Malik will be captain for T20 WC.I wish Sialkot Stallians can play champion league this year.

  • KarmatBaig on April 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    We don't need any more politics in the team with your inclusion, team is working nicely without you. Just review your performance during the past few years and say if you really deserve to be in the team.

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    mr malik, please show this talent in the international games as well. In fact. you should go above and beyond your expectations.

  • M.Seemab on April 10, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I want him in team... and may be captain of T20 side.. that may be the best

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Afridi is the best option for T20 team captain bcz in limited ovr game agressive mind captian can play well.Malik can play only in ODis in middle order for parternership, he has no more difference from Misbah's slow battting style.

  • on April 10, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    I wouldn't bother giving him a spot in test team, but he could be a good addition to the t20i team. If he shows results in t20i format, then he can be given a chance in ODI team, but he has never been a good test player, so keep him away from test format.

  • umairasgharbutt on April 10, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    he should be the captain of t20 team.. there is o replacement for experience !