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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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."

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  • 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

  • dummy4fb 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

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