ICC World Cup 2019: Wasim Akram Feels Shoaib Malik Can be Given a ‘Farewell Dinner’
Former Pakistan skipper and cricketer-turned-commentator Wasim Akram conceded that they could organise a farewell dinner for the veteran outgoing all-rounder, Shoaib Malik rather than a game on his retirement.
It becomes pertinent that the 37-year-old Malik in 2018 has announced to bid to gentleman’s game post-2019 World Cup.
Meanwhile, with Pakistan on the verge of ouster mathematically, Malik has managed to feature in just three games. He managed eight runs apart from bagging two ducks.
However, the dip in his form has seen Malik on the sidelines during the twelfth edition of the World Cup.
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While speaking to one of the Pakistani journos, Akram feels Malik deserved to end his career on a good note.
Besides, he adds that Malik has done exceedingly well for Pakistan during his international stint which marked the beginning in 1999.
“Of course, he had announced that he will retire after the World Cup. Unfortunately, it has not ended on a high note. I think he deserved to end his career on a high. He has done a lot for Pakistan cricket,” Akram said.
Also, the celebrated cricketer Akram, who’s the part of ICC’s commentary panel, has hailed Malik for rendering his services to Pakistan for over two decades.
While praising his efforts for different traits, Akram admitted the fact that Malik has struggled to deliver at the ODI showpiece. Adding, he has already done enough for Pakistan to prove his credentials.
“He did not play many matches in the World Cup. He got out twice on duck, but this can happen to any player. We should always remember his services as he has won Pakistan many matches. He is a nice guy, so let’s send him a nice farewell, for once. I know he could not perform in this World Cup. But he has performed over the years for Pakistan,” Akram further said.
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Akram, who seemed a bit infuriated while responded to a question of a journalist regarding whether Malik deserved a farewell game or not. He plainly cited that it’s not the club cricketer, but they could organise a dinner in a bid to thank Malik for his unconditional support for the Men in Green.
“This is not club cricket where you can ask a player to play a one-day match. We can rather organise a farewell dinner for him,” Akram added.
Recently, Malik drew ire after Pakistan’s loss against their arch-rivals India on June 16 in Manchester.
Soon after the game, a viral video revealed Malik alongside his wife, Sania Mirza and former’s other teammates where partying. Many claimed that they were on the night out despite ahead of India-Pakistan clash.
To which Malik replied and quashed all the allegations. He said its saddening as he is being forced to clarify on ‘socialising’ with his teammates ahead of the much-anticipated clash.
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