Pakistan news August 22, 2013

Malik wants to bat up the order for Pakistan

Renaldo Matadeen
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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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  • on August 23, 2013, 11:20 GMT

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

  • ali3148 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.

  • 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.......................

  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • msbsaad 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

  • roook 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.

  • Chaudry_Cricket 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.

    MALIK SAAB STICK TO DOMESTIC CRICKET AND LEAVE THE NATIONAL TEAM ALONE.!!!!!!!!!

  • a133936 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.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/42657.html?captain=1;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) ....at a batting average of 18.10.

    A number of tailenders have done much better than him during the same period.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/42657.html?class=11;filter=advanced;spanmin1=29+Sep+2009;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting

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

  • bouncer1021 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.

  • on August 23, 2013, 11:20 GMT

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

  • ali3148 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.

  • 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.......................

  • 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 .

  • 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.

  • msbsaad 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

  • roook 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.

  • Chaudry_Cricket 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.

    MALIK SAAB STICK TO DOMESTIC CRICKET AND LEAVE THE NATIONAL TEAM ALONE.!!!!!!!!!

  • a133936 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.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/42657.html?captain=1;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) ....at a batting average of 18.10.

    A number of tailenders have done much better than him during the same period.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/42657.html?class=11;filter=advanced;spanmin1=29+Sep+2009;spanval1=span;template=results;type=batting

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

  • bouncer1021 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.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on August 22, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Its a bit surprise to see lots of people supporting Malik here just because he performed in Pakistan's domestic cricket and CPL which is West Indies domestic cricket.

    There is lots of difference b/w domestic and international cricket level, in domestic you may have 1 or 2 international bowlers but in international cricket you have 5 so yes he is very good domestic player and he can play domestic cricket and league cricket for 5, 6 years but I don't want to see him in Pakistan's international team. But as long as Misbah is captain Malik will do a comeback as Misbah seems to have lots of faith in Malik more than Afridi and Umar Akmal.

  • Shazy777 on August 22, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Malik should give his best at no.3... He is the kind of player who can take time & then go for big shots... At no 6 or 7 he just go & strike the ball hard from the right go... so PCB give one more chanceto Malik & em dam sure he will prove wrong all the critics...

  • Fineline on August 22, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Another 5 to 6 years????It is not a joke Malik.Have you ever tried to look at your performance?You haven't scored a fifty since 2009 and have an ambition of playing for another 5-6 years.

  • on August 22, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Love his attitude, and love how he wants to play higher to contribute more. HOWEVER, whenever we do pick him, he has not played ANY innings of substance in a LONG LONG time. The only innings in recent memory where he did good was the 20/20 against India almost a year ago.

    He needs to outperform in the domestic level first, then show what he can do at a #5 or #6 position, and only then can we revisit if he should get a spot. But given how even youngsters like Umar Akmal are struggling to crack the top 4 in our batting lineup, hard to see how Shoaib Malik can justify such a prestige position. Also, his bowling and fielding have dropped A LOT. He was better at BOTH just a short 4-5 years ago.

  • on August 22, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Sack Muhammad Hafeez and sky is the limit for Pak team!

  • Mel-waas on August 22, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Malik should bat up the order for Sialkot. He is not good enough to play international cricket

  • Daniel_Cartwright on August 22, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    no...just not..people who are supporting malik need to stop watching, following, reading or doing anything with cricket until they develop a clear vision and common sence..you dont even need cricketing sense to conclude Malik belongs NOWHERE near cricket..even if it is well hidden in the grass and chirping..

  • mgr125128 on August 22, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    I never understood the hate for Malik and love for Afridi to be in team. Afridi is once in a 35 innings score a quick 100 player. Malik has been more consistent player and should bat at 3 or 4 and he will score 50s regularly but he has not got enough chances to prove himself as much as Afridi has got. Even in bowling Afridi is just marginally better but then again Afridi gets to bowl a lot more.

  • on August 22, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    NO more Malik............please you are not suitable now for pakistan team

  • bijuphilip on August 22, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    being an Indian I always follow pakisthan cricket since Imran era. I think hafeez is th problem in pakisthan cricket.he should be sacked,he is the politician,he may be a good plyer I think afridi should be the captain in both 20/20 and one day here is the line up and batting order

    1Afridi 2Jamshed 3.shoibmalik 4umarakmal 5misba 6wicketkeeperbatsman 7abdulrasak 8wahabriaz or batting allrounder 9junidkhan 10muhamdirfan 11saeedajaml

  • LordOfCric on August 22, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    He is joking, guy doesnt have any shots and play with straight bat all the time.

  • Riz37 on August 22, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Are you idding me Mr. Malik??? Do you really want to bat in top order at 3/4???? You were the one who demote himself at 5 when you became immature captain in 2007. Younis Khan bring you back in top order at 3 (your best ever batting order in the reign of late Bob Woolmer), you scored a ton against India in Champions Trophy in 2009. But what you said at Lahore airport when you came back from CT????? Do you remember???? You said that you would never bat in top order again. In my humble opinion you should be banned from Pakistani team on disciplinary issues on that statment as you did not want to be ateam player. Now, you are taking U-turn. Really!!!!!!!!!! You should focus on T20 leagues around the world and do mercy on Pkistan Cricket & fan by sparing us.

  • Cricket_Man on August 22, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    About 5 to 6 years ago Malik categorically stated that he didn't like batting up the order and wanted to play at no. 5 or 6. His wish was granted and after a few good performances he flopped and only played well in few matches against India. Now he wants to go back up in the batting order. Since, we've got good youngsters like Shafiq, Harris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, there seems to be no room for Malik. Only extraordinary performances at domestic cricket should ensure his return.

  • on August 22, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    He is a nice bat but not utilized very well. In Inzi's captaincy he was performing well because Inzamam would know how to utilize his players.

  • on August 22, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Why we even discussing this. Malik, good or not good....I think we should look at the under 23 team and under 17 team...we have plenty of young talent. Have you seen display from young Sami Aslam, we should be talking about these young guns. Malik should now bide his time in the county circuit a as bread earner.

    Pakistan should be touting for young players and media should be printing article on the younger talent to bring them to lime lite of selectors.

  • CricketChat on August 22, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Having followed Malik from his debut, I feel his best years were before he was made captain rather prematurely. Mostly, used as a utility player who could bat anywhere from positions 1-8, a partnership breaking bowler and a decent fielder. His decline in batting was alarming in recent years, while he rarely bowls his full quota of overs except in T20s. He was given plenty of chances to shore up the brittle middle order failing miserably. I doubt Pak selectors will bring him back again. Like the norm these days, his best bet is to become a T20 pro.

  • Hassan_U on August 22, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    @Irfan1....totally agree with you. Hafeez has been a flop and continues to be in the top order. He has far below bar batting average for a top order batsman.

    Abdul Razzaq questioned his omission in the semi final game of T20 WC and gets dropped.

    Its time for Hafeez to go and Malik to come back.

  • irfans1 on August 22, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Agree, he is still better than what we have on board Mr Professor(M.Hafeez) in terms of batting at-least, don't ppl think Hafeez is a complete failure for batting top of the order since he have been playing for so many years. Malik certainly performed much much better than him when has been given the chance on top, remember his century in Srilanka in test match when he save the match for Pak. Hafeez is still in playing in all formats without any noticeable performance, and can't be dropped because he is 20-20 captain(which he don't deserve it). I am sure the ppl who understand Cricket, how much pressure Hafeez can absorb at top of the order playing against bowling attach(Steyn :) by repeating same mistakes again an again. And now, Mr. Professor is trying to make his inlfluence by dropping/not selecting match winners like Razzaq in the team. Wake up selectors. In summary, Malik certainly deserve chance to bat at no3/4.

  • RaadQ on August 22, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    With Hafeez and Afridi in the team, there is no place for a third spin-allrounder (and forth spinner with ajmal) in the team, particularly with the long term aim being towards winning the WC 2015. Thus, Malik can only qualify on the merits of his batting performance, which he has failed during his TOO many chances. I would look towards bringing Raza Hasan and Umar Amin for Ajmal and Afridi eventually. I would also move up U. Akmal and demote Hafeez who struggles against new ball pace. Hafeez is also struggling of late but we might need a senior player to lead the team in WC 2015 and Misbah might not remain till then, especially given his World Cup history.

  • on August 22, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    He can bowl nor he can bat.......y he wants to remain in team for so long?

  • mainul079080 on August 22, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    "Shoaib Malik, the 31-year old Pakistan allrounder, believes he has another "five or six years" of cricket left in him." The article has been started with this sentence.But what type of cricket it wasnt mentioned?Thanks for giving me the opportunity to answer that.Yes,Malik, indeed you have more than 6 years of cricket left within you.But certainly it is not international cricket, it is domestic cricket.@Stark62 is spot on.But brother you shall again see him in Pak team in near future.As because your ''PCB selectors'' are very fond of him!The only group of people Malik has pleased!

  • Stark62 on August 22, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    He should never, ever be allowed back in the team!!

    Fawad Alam is twice the player this guy is but yet, he wasn't given 1/4 of the opportunities this guy has had, plus he is a useful bowler too and now, Pak should invest in someone like Sohaib Maqsood at no. 6, who is a power hitter and can play a long innings, in addition can bowl useful offspin.

    Also, the likes of U. Akmal, Harris, Babar and N. Yasin deserve a chance at the top of the order.

  • AhtshamCheema on August 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    yes i agree with shoib malik, he is right,

  • Sagz1982 on August 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    shazzy: are you deluded or something.. have you seen pak's batting recently.. what makes you think they will win the world cup in 2015 by rotating hafeez & malik!!!

  • on August 22, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    The main problem is their selection their selection is not good enough to me one day team should lineup in this way 1)Shahid Afridi/Umar Akmal(W/K) Because they can thake the game away 2)Nasir Jamshed 3)Sohaib Malik(He's not a lower order batsman) 4)Misbah-Ul-Haq 5)Mohammad Hafeez(C) Because he's a good captain and it is the perfect place for him to bat because he struggles against pacers. 6)Harris Sohail 7)Hammad Azam(Play an All-rounder because they makes huge different in the team) 8)Umar Gul 9)Saeed Ajmal 10)Junaid Khan 11Mohammad Irfan.

  • on August 22, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    My fav. Player.. Moon! I am sure, CPL brings alot of confidence in him & he will comeback strongly! He is still a very much reliable all-rounder. Can play responsible innings, bowl some Good overs & a Gurantted fielder. Utility Player like M. Hafeez! All what he need to do is Be Consistent & i am sure, he will prove out to be a better player in his next comeback! Love to see him OPEN for Pakistan or playing at one down or two down.

  • ZeeshanKamal on August 22, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    I think Malik should leave cricket and start playing Tennis. He will have a better coach at home :-)

  • on August 22, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    shoaib malik is not able to play international cricket because give very chance but no result.

  • on August 22, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    shoaib malik is a liability now in the pak team.. dont remember how many chances he has got...often throws his wicket.. he takes his place in the team as taken for granted...

  • on August 22, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    His comback will be a disappointment again, so Mr. Malik Play T20 Domestic seasons all over the world, But please don't try to get back in Pakistan National Team.

  • Diaz54 on August 22, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    He cannot be serious! May be he is talking about next life! I watched Pak under 19 in the UK, there is sufficient talent there to work with. Bring fairness and discipline to selection and do away with players who do not have the mental capacity to compete....in addition he always appeared to be divisive figure.

  • on August 22, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    The main difference between an ordianry player and a great player is, the ordinay player always keeps on looking for luck and never imrpoves his technique/skill, where as a great player learsn from each and every match and keeps on improving his skils/technique. For me Shoaib is an ordinary player and should NEVER again be tried.

  • Hassan_U on August 22, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Shoaib Malik should be in the team and play at 3 and 4. He was very good with batting and bowling and all players go through the phase of not doing well.

    Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir should open and Malik should be at number 3...

    The player who should drop down the order should be Hafeez. Who has been very poor with getting the runs and has always been hiding behind his bowling. If Malik can be dropped why is Hafeez in the team. He has never been able to put few consistent batting performance together. Having played back to back over 100 ODI Hafeez has a below par average.

    Overall Malik is needed and another experienced player can add value to a very weak middle order.

  • TATTUs on August 22, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    One more 'article' made out of 3 or 4 statements. Please dont degrade your own standard. Feels like there is no other relevant news. There is an ashes test going on! Where did Mallik say this? To whom? When? No information.

  • on August 22, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    and this is the shoaib malik who in 2010 said that he wants to bat at no.6 because he couldnt tackle the pace and bounce of australian bowlers in australia...hats off malik

  • radahad on August 22, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Malike believes that he has "five to six years left" biggest joke I have heard all week.

    Malik has had at least five or six second chances and enough is enough. He always performs in non-International tournaments and completely flops when it comes to international tournaments. Also a strike rate of 114 is nothing to gloat about in T20.

    Malik is done. He should never be involved with the Pakistani team.

  • MianMoosa on August 22, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Hahahahaahhaah,,,,what a joke,,,,we dont want to see him even in the team & he is thinking of yet another come back,,,,,Plz Mr,shoaib malik keep urself away from Pakistan cricket team and let a youngster groom

  • Shazy777 on August 22, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Em agree with malik... he is Best allrounder a batsman who can win the match from any situtions a handy with the ball as well & one of best fielder of Pakistani team... i thnk malik should bat at no.3 instead od hafeez who perform poorly with the bat at that position... just swap the batting order of Malik & Hafeez and Pakistan has a chance to win wc 2015.....

  • spot_on on August 22, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Wait, wha' ???? I thought it was Salim Malik.

  • on August 22, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    he was a good allrounder and i think may have been a great by now. But his recent form in past 2 years was terrible. and plenty of chances offered to him which he couldnt avail. He has been always good in domestic events and leagues but international record for past 2 years or so is very poor. and decision to drop is totally justified.

    I a team like pakistan, where batting collapse is a regularity, even no 6 has plenty of chances to perform with bat.

    The problem with pakistan is that everybody wants to play at top of the order.

  • on August 22, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Shoib Malik please go for retirment ........every time you failed to show your game ............

  • Omarrz on August 22, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    To be honest, I don't get why he was demoted (and ultimately dropped) from the opening position when he was doing so well during Bob Wolmer's reign. Just because you have to have a specialist opener doesnt mean that you drop well performing players.

  • on August 22, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    good player i always like him

  • SamRoy on August 22, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Pakistan will do well if they do not bring back Malik, Razzak and most importantly Imran Farhat back into the team. Current generation of youngsters like Harris Sohail, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad are better than them and much superior fielders. Playing talented youngsters has always been Pakistan's strength which even I used to admire as an Indian. Why change it now and go back to playing these old players who don't have much to give? With Afridi, Hafeez and Misbah around there won't be a lack of experience. Oh and Younis Khan in place of Afridi in tests also brings in a wealth of experience.

  • on August 22, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    My advice to Shoaib Malik is to stay focus on T20 leagues like CPl and fulfill your aspirations to bat at No 3 or 4 because international cricket is now way beyond his capacity and please give space to the youngsters rather than fulfill your personal aspirations. How many times you want the comeback in the team and disappoint the nation?

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  • on August 22, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    My advice to Shoaib Malik is to stay focus on T20 leagues like CPl and fulfill your aspirations to bat at No 3 or 4 because international cricket is now way beyond his capacity and please give space to the youngsters rather than fulfill your personal aspirations. How many times you want the comeback in the team and disappoint the nation?

  • SamRoy on August 22, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Pakistan will do well if they do not bring back Malik, Razzak and most importantly Imran Farhat back into the team. Current generation of youngsters like Harris Sohail, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad are better than them and much superior fielders. Playing talented youngsters has always been Pakistan's strength which even I used to admire as an Indian. Why change it now and go back to playing these old players who don't have much to give? With Afridi, Hafeez and Misbah around there won't be a lack of experience. Oh and Younis Khan in place of Afridi in tests also brings in a wealth of experience.

  • on August 22, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    good player i always like him

  • Omarrz on August 22, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    To be honest, I don't get why he was demoted (and ultimately dropped) from the opening position when he was doing so well during Bob Wolmer's reign. Just because you have to have a specialist opener doesnt mean that you drop well performing players.

  • on August 22, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Shoib Malik please go for retirment ........every time you failed to show your game ............

  • on August 22, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    he was a good allrounder and i think may have been a great by now. But his recent form in past 2 years was terrible. and plenty of chances offered to him which he couldnt avail. He has been always good in domestic events and leagues but international record for past 2 years or so is very poor. and decision to drop is totally justified.

    I a team like pakistan, where batting collapse is a regularity, even no 6 has plenty of chances to perform with bat.

    The problem with pakistan is that everybody wants to play at top of the order.

  • spot_on on August 22, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Wait, wha' ???? I thought it was Salim Malik.

  • Shazy777 on August 22, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Em agree with malik... he is Best allrounder a batsman who can win the match from any situtions a handy with the ball as well & one of best fielder of Pakistani team... i thnk malik should bat at no.3 instead od hafeez who perform poorly with the bat at that position... just swap the batting order of Malik & Hafeez and Pakistan has a chance to win wc 2015.....

  • MianMoosa on August 22, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Hahahahaahhaah,,,,what a joke,,,,we dont want to see him even in the team & he is thinking of yet another come back,,,,,Plz Mr,shoaib malik keep urself away from Pakistan cricket team and let a youngster groom

  • radahad on August 22, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Malike believes that he has "five to six years left" biggest joke I have heard all week.

    Malik has had at least five or six second chances and enough is enough. He always performs in non-International tournaments and completely flops when it comes to international tournaments. Also a strike rate of 114 is nothing to gloat about in T20.

    Malik is done. He should never be involved with the Pakistani team.