Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2011 August 21, 2011

Malik included for Zimbabwe tour

ESPNcricinfo staff
48

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has been included in the squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe. Malik, who was cleared by the PCB's integrity committee last week, was originally named in the list of standbys for the tour with his inclusion subject to clearance from the board.

"His name was already in the reserve list of players for the tour and the PCB integrity committee cleared him last week," Mohsin Khan, the chairman of the selection committee, said. "After discussions with the team management everyone agreed that with his experience the team would be further strengthened."

Malik, who last played for Pakistan during their controversial tour of England last summer, was involved in a battle with the PCB, whose integrity committee had previously not cleared him for selection since that England tour. The key point of contention was the nature of certain deposits in Malik's overseas bank account, but the PCB, when announcing his clearance on Friday, said that he was able to provide evidence that the deposits did not originate from any questionable source or activity.

Though he was not cleared to play for Pakistan, Malik has been playing domestic cricket. He was the second-highest run-getter in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division One last season, with 799 runs at an average of 73.57. He also featured for Sialkot Stallions in the recently-completed Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup.

Malik, 29, has played 32 Tests and 192 ODIs for Pakistan averaging a shade over 33 with the bat in both formats. He has picked up 21 wickets in Tests and 134 in ODIs, and has also played 32 Twenty20 internationals. He has captained Pakistan in three Tests, 36 ODIs and 17 Twenty20s.

Malik said he is looking forward to what could be his best years as a batsman. "I feel that I can play cricket for another six to eight years. I have been training hard and practising with intensity," he told PakPassion.net. "From 29 onwards, the next six or seven years are the best years for a batsman, where you can apply your experience and what you have learnt. I'm at that stage now. What's happened is history now, it's time to move on, look forward."

However, he is not considering another stint as captain. "I'm not thinking about captaincy at all," Malik said. "I just want to see my name in the starting XI. I am just thinking about playing good cricket and giving 100% in all facets of the game. This time around, I want to ensure that I am more consistent for Pakistan.

"Shoaib's inclusion will bolster the strength of the team," coach Waqar Younis said. "He has lots of cricket left in him and its good that he is again available to play for Pakistan."

Pakistan play one Test, three ODIs and two Twenty20 games against Zimbabwe, kicking off their tour with a two-day warm up game against a Zimbabwe XI from August 28 in Bulawayo.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • davidatlas999 on August 24, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    TMA11@sorry bro u r not right if u go for strike rate then younas have75.05 and shohib have 78.its same but younas have big macth skils shohib is just asian pichs player remember his saut afriqa tour he dont play any game.

  • TMA11 on August 24, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Use lot all say that younis khan is a good player which is true xcept wen u put him in the ODI Squad. Younis Khan does not have any of the skills required for a one day player. For Example ; he scores 2 slowly and he cannot slog. But Malik would score at a reasonble rate And be able to play a few shots at the end of the innings therefore Younis in Tests and Malik in ODIs.

    P.S Bring back Razzaq

  • on August 24, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    good decision but this must not be politics ! i-e afridi out malik in ......... malik out afridi in malik out younis in stop this nonsense PCB now plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • I.F.Butt on August 24, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Shez Khan..@ I highly disagree on some of your comments as you are extremely underestimating SM's experience as well as his abilities to cover up every role in the team..from opener to middle order and lower order and not to forget his effective part time bowling. If you think Malik cannot be considered as an opener, then please do check his statistics again for ODI as he nearly averages around 35 with two vital centuries and a fifty as opening batsman which is much better then any other opener (except salman butt) Pakistan has been experimenting with. Besides that, his experience can be really vital, especially in the sub-continent as a top order batsman where he averages around 40 and again has 5 centuries. He is a perfect t20 and ODI batsman and the statistics speak for themselves.

  • BigMoey on August 23, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Get Abdur Rauf back in the team. He deserves another chance.

  • on August 23, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    I dont think SM has any place in the team anymore nor he is as great of a batsman as Yousuf or Younis to come back as a specialist batsman. Who will you drop if you pick him in test or ODI side? He cant open and in the middle order there is AS, UA, Younis and Misbah and they have been doing very well mashallah.............. the only place I can think of him is in the T20 side....... he is actually a very good T20 batsman and can make use of him in that format only!

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 23, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Honestly tell me: Does he deserve a place in Pakistan middle-order with Younis Misbah Asad & Umar already there & Azhar in tests? I'm not talking about his politics which he'll kick-off right from the first day of ZIM tour. Worst decision!!!

  • on August 22, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Good to see Shoaib Malik back in team. I think Tennis season is off now and its time for the cricket action. So one will rest and other will play ;)

  • on August 22, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    And if am guessing it correctly, after zimbabwe tour, we can expect the return of the drama queen of Pakistan cricket, Mr. S.K.Afridi..........Waqar is out of the way now, so there isnt anything holding Khan sahab back anymore..........I wish Pakistani cricketers focus on On-field performances, rather than soap oprahs..........as far as Malik goes, he used to be good...........enough said

  • _Oracle_ on August 22, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    More drama in Pak dressing room. At least other players will enjoy if Sania visits the dressing room.

  • davidatlas999 on August 24, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    TMA11@sorry bro u r not right if u go for strike rate then younas have75.05 and shohib have 78.its same but younas have big macth skils shohib is just asian pichs player remember his saut afriqa tour he dont play any game.

  • TMA11 on August 24, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Use lot all say that younis khan is a good player which is true xcept wen u put him in the ODI Squad. Younis Khan does not have any of the skills required for a one day player. For Example ; he scores 2 slowly and he cannot slog. But Malik would score at a reasonble rate And be able to play a few shots at the end of the innings therefore Younis in Tests and Malik in ODIs.

    P.S Bring back Razzaq

  • on August 24, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    good decision but this must not be politics ! i-e afridi out malik in ......... malik out afridi in malik out younis in stop this nonsense PCB now plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • I.F.Butt on August 24, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Shez Khan..@ I highly disagree on some of your comments as you are extremely underestimating SM's experience as well as his abilities to cover up every role in the team..from opener to middle order and lower order and not to forget his effective part time bowling. If you think Malik cannot be considered as an opener, then please do check his statistics again for ODI as he nearly averages around 35 with two vital centuries and a fifty as opening batsman which is much better then any other opener (except salman butt) Pakistan has been experimenting with. Besides that, his experience can be really vital, especially in the sub-continent as a top order batsman where he averages around 40 and again has 5 centuries. He is a perfect t20 and ODI batsman and the statistics speak for themselves.

  • BigMoey on August 23, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Get Abdur Rauf back in the team. He deserves another chance.

  • on August 23, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    I dont think SM has any place in the team anymore nor he is as great of a batsman as Yousuf or Younis to come back as a specialist batsman. Who will you drop if you pick him in test or ODI side? He cant open and in the middle order there is AS, UA, Younis and Misbah and they have been doing very well mashallah.............. the only place I can think of him is in the T20 side....... he is actually a very good T20 batsman and can make use of him in that format only!

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 23, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    Honestly tell me: Does he deserve a place in Pakistan middle-order with Younis Misbah Asad & Umar already there & Azhar in tests? I'm not talking about his politics which he'll kick-off right from the first day of ZIM tour. Worst decision!!!

  • on August 22, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Good to see Shoaib Malik back in team. I think Tennis season is off now and its time for the cricket action. So one will rest and other will play ;)

  • on August 22, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    And if am guessing it correctly, after zimbabwe tour, we can expect the return of the drama queen of Pakistan cricket, Mr. S.K.Afridi..........Waqar is out of the way now, so there isnt anything holding Khan sahab back anymore..........I wish Pakistani cricketers focus on On-field performances, rather than soap oprahs..........as far as Malik goes, he used to be good...........enough said

  • _Oracle_ on August 22, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    More drama in Pak dressing room. At least other players will enjoy if Sania visits the dressing room.

  • on August 22, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    He used to play good against India......before his marriage with Sania........Will he perform now against India

  • Bilal94 on August 22, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    I would rather have him stay at home and do household chores for Sania Bhabi.

  • on August 22, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Its not the right time to bring Malik back.I agree, he is a good utility cricketer who plays for the team only if he is captain of the team or playing against India........There is a bunch of young players going into the series with misbah and younas as an xperienced players, so there was no need of him in this series..........

  • Cricket_MN on August 22, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    Inclusion of Shoaib Malik in Pakistan cricket team pretty much sums up how things work not only in PCB but Pakistan in general. It is these kinds of decisions /actions which makes Pakistan team such a mediocre one. When you bring in such mediocre players in the team specially after discovering such cricketing talents such as Asad Shafiq, and Rameez junior (hopefully), I see no reason for bringing in some one who is not only such a bits-n-pieces player but also has a reputation for creating disharmony in the team. In Pakistan outside of cricket there are many Shoaib Malik holding important positions and that is one of the reason why Pakistan as a country has been failing.

  • kartheepan on August 22, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    I think, we can expect waqar may joins in the squad. Because he is also available now. Just kidding, I have due respect on him, he is a legendary fast bowler. Finally Shoiab has to answer a lot of questions

  • on August 22, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Nice to see malik in the side... but razzaq and afridi could make the 11 of any international team. bring them back. afridi should come at No.8 in batting line up after razzaq. razzaq and malik should bring back their wicket taking abilities also. With hafeez too in the side, pak has seven specialist bowlers...my goodness...

  • Desihungama on August 22, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    33 is really a good average considering Pakistan usually bowls opposition out cheaply. I understand big 3 of India carries their average in Big 5 but then the opposing teams are also putting 666.

  • CricketFanatic01 on August 22, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    This is a positive step for Pak cricket and will provide some much needed batting support to the team. Shoaib Malik is a great all-rounder with lots of experience and potential, he can actually DO something good for Pakistan rather than just talking without performing. Something that Pakistani Cricketers are REALLY GOOD at.

  • Azhar.Hassan on August 22, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Don't really know what to make of this Shoaib Malik comeback. He is a reasonable player in terms of ability, but the other important ingredient is attitude. That is worrying - if he is going to come back and create more camps and groups within the team, then that is something that Pakistan cricket can do without.

  • AmjadZork on August 22, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Nice to see Shoaib Malik back in the side but Afridi should be added...

  • on August 22, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is an intelligent player, excellent fielder, good batsman and good off spiner.

  • on August 21, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    I have always backed Shoaib Malik's Selection ! Hes a good batsman who can adjust himself to any conditions hes thrown at . He can play defensive cricket if wickets are falling as well as he can also play aggressive cricket like all other great all rounders like Abdul Razzaq , Shahid Afridi , A Morkel etc plus hes a handy off break bowler and a very good fielder . I would love to see him play against Zimbabwe and i hope he does well !

  • on August 21, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    cric_fanatics: we have seen indian standards those who have big averages played like school kids against england in england.and secondly he doesnot need to play for india what he needs from india he got that(sania)

  • gothetaniwha on August 21, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    I thought all players in Pak team were former captains , its been 3-4 months , must be due for a captaincy change , Pakistan cricket is a joke !!!, wouldn,t be surprised if Kamrin Akmal is selected and made Captain

  • getsetgopk on August 21, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    @cric_fanatics: Seems the only place left for you on cricinfo is Malik's average. btw indian batters would blindly accept this average when comes to playing outside India especially England. Never in the history of this sport called cricket has a world no 1 team being toyed and humiliated in a manner India has been. HUMILIATION REDEFINED

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 21, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    @cric_fanatics: It's fantastic by recent Indian standards.... ho ho...

  • cric_fanatics on August 21, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    averaging 33 ??...thats pretty good by pakistani standards...

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 21, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Saying that Shoaib Malik is probably a better spinner than the Indian spinners right now, so he could also make the team as the frontline spinner also. Seriously Shoaib, go and play for India...

  • on August 21, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    wasif and all other people who think the same as him in my view you are really mislead, I think he will do really well because he is a very committed cricketer. Fielding is an aspect of cricket which takes a lot of dedication and commitment, and as you know he is our best fielder which shows he is truly committed. He was very young when his dad died somewhere between the age of 10 - 15. I don't really know the exact age but sometime about then. He said that his dad used to take him to cricket practice on the back of his bicycle and people around used to laugh and say in Urdu "haha he dreams of becoming a cricketer "so please don't use a negative mind of your own before judging his whole career with a few mistaken words. I think he would be really really sad to here something like this. None of my words are meant to be offensive and if they were then I apologize. Thank you Cricinfo's officials for making such a useful cricketing site. Thank you very much.

  • on August 21, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    yAa Ho0o0 , MALIK On FirE !!!!! :)

  • KingofBlades on August 21, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    alhamdulilah. We lost Afridi(i dont mean to say thats good. That BAD) but this is a good replacement :)

  • Afgunz4Lyfe on August 21, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    At one point during Bob Woolmer's coach stint, Malik was the best batsmen prospect had in the country, he was supposed to be the next Pakistani great middle order batsmen to take over after Inzamam and Yousuf but ever since Woolmer's death he is gone down hill. Dont know if he can salvage his career now but if he can focus on his game only then he can be the batsmen Pakistan need in all formats of the game; not to mention he is more then a handy offspin and a above average fielder and catcher in a Pakistan team full of butter fingered fielders.

  • on August 21, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Shoaib Malik i dont think will perform with the bowl. He wont play tests. But in my opinion he will perform with the bat in ODIs T20s

  • on August 21, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    given the exceptionally poor performance our indian friends are delivering in the UK, perhaps it would be a good idea to scoot over and comment on articles about that series rather than commenting on what pakistan cricket is up to :)

  • on August 21, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    this will be interesting ..

  • on August 21, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    After the exclusion of Afridi this is really good replacement and he is a team man now Insha Allah he will play for Pakistan not for money!!!

  • on August 21, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    He is great and experience Player.

  • EAMi on August 21, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    Can't bat, Can't bowl, Another giant step backward for Pakistan cricket.

  • on August 21, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    A lazy and negative minded person, im afraid if he can do any wonders now.

  • Scrubs220 on August 21, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Another Dark day in Pakistan cricket.

  • on August 21, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Wel come back Malik in the team ,he was the last Player of Waseem Akram/Inzamam Era, Good Player of LImited Over Cricket ,He can be captain in ODIs and T20s for Pakistan ,Misbah can be captain of Test team till fit......

  • on August 21, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    abdul razzaq should also b included in the one day team

  • on August 21, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Shoaib Malik inclusion is contradicting , there are many deserving players like Khalif Latif , Shahzaib Hasan , KhurraM Manzoor , waiting for the chance and the selector chosen the person who is totally out of form and cleared by PCB to play and selected for the team... Disgusting

  • Rakim on August 21, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I don't care who plays.... just win guys, that's only way you can help Pak cricket

  • on August 21, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    GOD Help Pakistani Cricket

  • on August 21, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    pakisthan not ateam it s acompany

  • IJAVAID on August 21, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Future of Pakistan cricket will be darker after the inclusion of Shoeb Malik, He concentrate on making money rather for the success of the county.

  • on August 21, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    I have not seen him play that much but I do believe that Malik was good in the past but now is the time for young all-rounders to be in the team. The likes of hammad azam.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • on August 21, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    I have not seen him play that much but I do believe that Malik was good in the past but now is the time for young all-rounders to be in the team. The likes of hammad azam.

  • IJAVAID on August 21, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Future of Pakistan cricket will be darker after the inclusion of Shoeb Malik, He concentrate on making money rather for the success of the county.

  • on August 21, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    pakisthan not ateam it s acompany

  • on August 21, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    GOD Help Pakistani Cricket

  • Rakim on August 21, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I don't care who plays.... just win guys, that's only way you can help Pak cricket

  • on August 21, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Shoaib Malik inclusion is contradicting , there are many deserving players like Khalif Latif , Shahzaib Hasan , KhurraM Manzoor , waiting for the chance and the selector chosen the person who is totally out of form and cleared by PCB to play and selected for the team... Disgusting

  • on August 21, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    abdul razzaq should also b included in the one day team

  • on August 21, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Wel come back Malik in the team ,he was the last Player of Waseem Akram/Inzamam Era, Good Player of LImited Over Cricket ,He can be captain in ODIs and T20s for Pakistan ,Misbah can be captain of Test team till fit......

  • Scrubs220 on August 21, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Another Dark day in Pakistan cricket.

  • on August 21, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    A lazy and negative minded person, im afraid if he can do any wonders now.