Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2011 August 21, 2011

Malik included for Zimbabwe tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

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 "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.

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  • atlas 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.

  • taahir 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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Immi 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.

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

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

  • Dummy4 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 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!!!

  • Dummy4 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 ;)

  • Dummy4 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 far as Malik goes, he used to be good...........enough said

  • Maulik 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.

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