Pakistan news August 22, 2013

Malik wants to bat up the order for Pakistan

Renaldo Matadeen

Shoaib Malik, the 31-year old Pakistan allrounder, believes he has another "five or six years" of cricket left in him. Malik, who was dropped from the national squad after the Champions Trophy, also wants to bat up the order instead of No 6 or 7, where he's been used of late.

"Representing your country is the biggest thing (and) of course I want to play for my team (Pakistan), I want to do well for my country," Malik said. "I still think I can play for another five or six years. I am fit but I want to see myself consistent. I do not want to bat at No 6 anymore. I want to bat at No 3 or 4."

Malik averages 39.02 in 51 ODI innings batting at Nos 1 to 3. At positions 4 to 7, his average comes down to 31.16 from 128 innings.

Malik last played Test cricket in 2010 but was part of Pakistan's limited-overs units until the Champions Trophy earlier this year, after which he has been ignored for the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe. He admitted that injuries and poor form had contributed to his decline, but said he had now regained his strength. "I was struggling with my shoulder and my elbow but I have had surgery for my elbow and I have worked hard in the gym every day (since being dropped). Now I am absolutely fine. I can even bowl 30 overs in one day. I am very happy and I want to play as an all-rounder. That is my priority."

Malik is currently playing in the Caribbean Premier League, where he is the second-leading run-getter in the tournament with 223 runs from seven innings at a strike-rate of 114.94. Malik's side Barbados Tridents will face Jamaica Tallawahs in the second semi-final in Port-of-Spain on Friday. "It (CPL) is so far, so good (for me). I have played some good innings, (I have been) bowling also. I want my team to be in the final and win this CPL."

He said that Barbados captain Kieron Pollard's faith in him as an all-rounder, since they spoke at the Champions Trophy, had boosted him. "When someone gives you that confidence it is always good," Malik said, revealing that Pollard encouraged him to bowl as much as possible and extend his all-rounder aspirations.

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    wow malik wants inspiration from pollard who made his debut almost 10years after malik first sounds like ponting needs inspiration from steven smith

  • ali asghar on August 23, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Lost his prime, i sometimes cant believe malik took place of Sir. Saqlian, however at that time me n all fans were rejuvenated by such a young talent performance with bat, bowl and fielding. I loved his enthusiasm but now agree or not, He lost his passion for national cricket, he just doesn't seem to be giving 100%, doesn't look interested in the game. by the way if he had injury issues he should have stepped out himself from national side for his good sake, for national sake. Mr. Malik time to say good bye to international cricket for God sake. Yeah you can have bit Tennis too if u like for next 5-6 years too alongwith all CPLs CLs BPLs whatever.

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Pakistan already lost one best o best all rounder Abdul Razzak. He on most occasions led Pakistan to Victory. Now Shoaib Malik is under-estimated. He is a kind of player who change the game either by batting, bowling or fielding. If Afridi after so many disappointments can represent the team why not Shoaib Malik. He has more bearing temperament and consistency NOT like to throw away his wicket after a ball a six and that is all.......................

  • ESPN on August 23, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Malik was used very wrongly by Misbah and Hafeez. He should play t-20 for Pakistan , rather he should be the captain. He has done very good for Sialkot in T-20.

    Under Inzi he has won us a lot matches however after that he hasnt done much thats why dont include him in odi's .

  • Dummy4 on August 23, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    No doubt, Malik is really good player, I just say to them plz check the record of malik on 3 number he did 5 century on this batting order and he is match winner player. I don't know that why captain don't assign this batting order. remaining. he is good fielder, bowler and bat.

  • saad on August 22, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    players like u r no good anymore, u have been given hundreds of chances, these good players when they were young, and he has just reduced his age from 33 to 31 i have been visiting his profile,let the youngsters in instead of players like malik

  • Ali on August 22, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    There is no place for third allrounder in the team Afridi Hafeez and secondly he is dropped for his miserable performance. Secondly 5 and 6 is always a crucial positions since batsman is certain to take on pressure like dhoni and bevan have achieve at this position.

  • Qaasim on August 22, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Malik is a domestic cricket bully end of story. I mean seriously put him in any domestic tournament and he will be in the top 5 run-scorers easily but put him in an international tournament and he will flop. But on a more serious note what is it with rubbish players Malik, Farhat, K Akmal etc that they dont just finish their international careers with some respect rather than humiliation!!!!!!!

    And all the people supporting Malik need to brush up on their cricketing facts this Malik has not contributed anything to the pakistan team rather he is taking the place of a deserving youngster. Some people here saying 'oh he comes at number 6 so he has to hit and cant make a substansial score'. Well then why is Umar Akmal doing a good job there then averging 38 s/r of 80. Where Malik only averaged 20 something or so.


  • Who on August 22, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    If Malik thinks he should bat higher, then why he batted lower during his captaincy? As captain, he batted; Batting Positions: 1-4: 11 times. Batting Positions: 5-7: 44 times.;class=11;filter=advanced;orderby=start;template=results;type=batting

    Malik does not even deserve to b close to a First Class team .... let alone a national or international team. He has scored only 2 50s in 67 international innings for Pakistan since 2009 )4 years) a batting average of 18.10.

    A number of tailenders have done much better than him during the same period.;filter=advanced;spanmin1=29+Sep+2009;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting

    Please stay away from the national team, Mr. Malik!

  • sali on August 22, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Malik just needs to focus on T20 deomestic and BPL-CPL. No need for him to return to Pak team. If Ahemad Shezad, Harris Sohail, Umer Amin and Umer AKmal keep playing with Nasir Jameshed, Asad Shafiq and Misbah....pakistan will have a future. Imran Farhat and Shoib Malik have no reason to be in the team. 10 years tried and fail is enough. Hafeez or Afridi should be playing as an allrounder.

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