Shoaib Malik has accused PCB of nepotism. He has said that selections in the national teams are made on the basis of players’ connections and not their performances.
Veteran Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik dropped a bombshell, accusing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of nepotism. The PCB selection committee had come into the spotlight after skipper Babar Azam’s suggestions over which player to pick for the Zimbabwe series were ignored. Now, Shoaib Malik has claimed that selections are made in the team on the basis of ‘who knows people in the system’.
Shoaib Malik Said Things In Pakistan Cricket Will Improve If More Importance Is Given To Skills Backing Skipper Babar Azam
Cases of corruption, bias and a number of other issues in Pakistan cricket have often surfaced. The PCB has also had a number of changes in the support staff over the last few years, yet have not been able to challenge the top teams. Shoaib Malik feels there’s a need for change in Pakistan cricket but it would only come when players are selected on the basis of merit and not on the basis of their connections.
“We have a system of liking and disliking in our cricket, which is something that is present in the rest of the world as well but seems to be a bit more in our culture. The day things change in our cricket system where more importance is given to skills rather than who a person knows, only then will things improve,” he was quoted as saying by Pakistani journalist Saj Sadiq.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam also had a fallout with the selectors after a few of his preferred players weren’t picked for the recent Zimbabwe series. Shoaib Malik backed Babar Azam’s thought process, saying the captain’s wish should be granted at all costs.
“In the recent squad there were many players who Babar wanted to pick, but they weren’t selected. Everyone has their opinions but the final decision on selection should be that of the captain because it’s he who will fight it out on the ground he with his team”, he said.
Shoaib Malik also spoke about the selection of players on the basis of their performance in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The former Pakistan captain was in agreement that players should be given national call-ups based on their performance in the T20 league but the judgment should be made after evaluating the player for a couple of seasons and not one or two games.
Shoaib Malik Will Have No Regrets If He Isn’t Asked To Play Again For Pakistan
Shoaib Malik himself has been out of the scheme of things of late, with a national team recall looking more and more unlikely. Having highlighted such grave flaws in Pakistan cricket, he admitted to having put his own carer at risk.
“Whatever is in my fate is in the hands of the Almighty and not in any person’s control. I will have no regrets if I am not asked to play again, but I would have felt more regret if I had not spoken up on behalf of my fellow cricketers,” Shoaib Malik conceded.
He was the captain of the Pakistan national cricket team from 2007 to 2009. He made his One-Day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh. On 3 November 2015, he announced his retirement from Test cricket to focus on the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
His last T20I was in September 2020 and his last ODI in June 2019. He played 35 Tests, 287 ODIs, and 116 T20Is amassing over 10,000 runs in all three formats combined averaging above 30 in each. Shoaib Malik became the first Pakistani batsman to score 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket in October 2020. He is married to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.