Mohammad Yousuf Believes Shoaib Malik’s ‘Career is Over’ for Pakistan
Despite Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed alongside head coach Mickey Arthur backing senior campaigner Shoaib Malik, who got out on a golden duck against India, saw former Pakistan players including Mohammad Yousuf calling veteran’s career is over for their national team.
The former Pakistan skipper has accumulated 7,534 runs in 278 ODIs. Also, with his off-spin bowling, he went on to snare 158 scalps under his belt.
Interestingly, he shares his 20-year experience with Windies’ Chris Gayle after making his debut in 1999 at Sharjah. The duo has been representing their countries for a little over two decades.
Concurrently, they are the most senior players representing their countries at the twelfth edition of the World Cup.
Shoaib Malik draws flak after golden duck:
The 37-year-old Malik, who’s playing his final World Cup, has struggled in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019.
“I think his career is over for Pakistan and I don’t see him playing any further in this World Cup. To select him again would be a big mistake,” Yousuf revealed to Pakistan media.
The Sialkot-born Malik also scored nought against Australia at the County Cricket Ground Taunton on June 12. After missing out a game against the Windies, Malik managed just eight runs while picking a solitary wicket.
In the recent past, Malik has featured in six matches to score just 100 at an unhealthy average of 16.67. He has also managed two wickets after conceding 78 runs in 13 overs.
After a humiliating 89-run loss at the hands of India, former Pakistani players have lashed out with the way players have approached towards the game. Also, Malik has drawn flak for struggling to deliver at the ODI showpiece.
Pakistan’s debacle at the Old Trafford has also witnessed former cricketers asking for a change of guard and set-up.
Earlier, Malik has himself conceded that he is playing his last World Cup which includes ODI career for Pakistan.
Iqbal Qasim sees Malik warming a bench for Pakistan after no-show:
Malik, who also featured in 35 Tests for Pakistan, has too faced the wrath over social media for venturing out with his wife and tennis star Sania Mirza ahead of India-Pakistan clash.
Besides, Pakistan former Test spinner Iqbal Qasim believes Malik won’t partake in the remainder of the games for Pakistan.
“He himself has announced before the World Cup that he would retire from ODIs after the event. Given his performances in the tournament so far I don’t see him playing again in the remaining four matches,” Qasim concluded.
Pakistan will face South Africa in a do-or-die clash at historic Lord’s on Sunday (June 23).
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