Shoaib Malik, former captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team, has represented Pakistan on more than 300 occasions across all formats and in this time. This all-rounder has accumulated over 8,000 runs as well as picking up 178 international scalps for Pakistan. Shoaib Malik last represented Pakistan in their unsuccessful 2014 World T20 campaign, where he finished the tournament with a disappointing 52 runs at an average of just over 17.
Shoaib Malik was picked as the captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team at the age of 25 to emulate the South African formula vis-a-vis Graeme Smith’s appointment as captain at the age of 22, later on Malik took over the captaincy in all formats after Inzamam-ul-Haq‘s resignation during the 2007 World Cup. At that time Malik was a popular choice with both Imran Khan and then coach Bob Woolmer, giving their vote of approval. Unfortunately his reign as captain came to an end two years later when Younis Khan took over.
Malik has since been in and and out of Pakistan’s T20 and One-Day International (ODI) sides and did not play a Test for Pakistan since August 2010. Malik is currently playing for the Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast and so far this season has scored a total of 153 runs and taken 4 wickets in 5 matches.
Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net, the 32 year old all-rounder reflected on his current stint with the Birmingham Bears, his mixed feelings at missing out on a central contract, his initial reaction to Mohammad Hafeez’s comments regarding his selection for the World T20, the issue of Pakistan’s captaincy and his possible return to the Pakistan team in the near future.
Shoaib Malik said that it’s disappointing but there are also positives about not being included in the list of centrally contracted players as he can then get NOCs easily from the Board to play around the world instead of having to attend various camps and then being in and out of the side. Shoaib Malik was shocked when he heard Hafeez had said what he did about his selection for the World T20.
Malik said that the PCB should talk to Misbah-ul-Haq about his plans and how long he wishes to carry on in International Cricket. He added that there should be some clarity between the board and the captain and there should be consistency in the selection process and the captain should be given time to prove that he is capable of creating top team for the country.
Malik said that if PCB asks him to become the captain before the 2015 World Cup then he wouldn’t be able to do it. If the Board asks him after the 2015 World Cup and the offer comes with clarity about his role and the appropriate support then he would think about it. “I feel I’m the sort of captain who can produce good players without being selfish. I’ve never been selfish and have always put the team ahead of individual aims” said Shoaib Malik.