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Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)
Shoaib Malik. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Shoaib Malik Accuses PCB Of Nepotism

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’.

Nepotism in Pakistan cricket? Shoaib Malik exposes PCB
Nepotism in Pakistan cricket? Shoaib Malik exposes PCB | Photo Credit: AP

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.

Babar Azam. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)
Babar Azam. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Shoaib Malik, Sania Mirza and Izhaan.
Shoaib Malik, Sania Mirza and Izhaan. (Image Source: Twitter)

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.

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Shoaib Malik Suffered Car Crash But Escaped Unhurt

Shoaib Malik, former Pakistan skipper suffered a horrific car crash in Lahore on Sunday, 10th January. Shoaib Malik was returning to his hotel from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six draft event.

Shoaib Malik, who is married to Indian tennis superstar Sania Mirza reportedly met with the horrific accident after attending the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft event for the sixth edition of the elite T20 tournament at the High-Performance Centre in Lahore.

Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza
Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Shoaib Malik Perfectly All Right Despite His Expensive Sports Car’s Destruction

Regarded as one of the finest all-rounders to play white-ball cricket for Pakistan, Shoaib Malik’s luxurious sports car rammed into a truck in Lahore. He represented the Peshawar Zalmi side in the previous edition of the Pakistan Super League and attended the event as the franchise’s representative. He met with an accident after the PSL draft event ended and the front part of his expensive sports car was completely destroyed after the crash.

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik. Image Credits: Getty Images

According to a report filed by SAMAA TV, it has been learned that he tried to overtake Wahab Riaz’s car when he lost control of his fancy sports ride. The report added that the all-rounder tried his best to avoid the accident although his vehicle lost control before crashing into the truck on the sidewalk. Though Shoaib Malik’s car was totaled, the Pakistani cricketer escaped the crash unhurt. He last played T20I in 2020, ODI in 2019 and Test in 2015.

“I am perfectly all right everybody. It was just a happenstance accident and Almighty has been extremely Benevolent. Thank you to each one of you who’ve reached out. I am deeply grateful for all the love and care…” ~ Shoaib Malik,” the former Pakistani captain said in his tweet.

The 38-year-old Pakistan’s all-rounder debuted in 1999 and has played 35 Tests, 287 ODIs and 116 T20Is where he averages more than 30 across formats. Shoaib Malik was captain of the now-defunct Sialkot Stallions. He led them to a world record 8 domestic T20 titles with the last one coming on 18 May 2015. He represented Karachi Kings(2016-17), Multan Sultans(2018-19) and Peshawar Zalmi(2020-21) in Pakistan Super League.

Shoaib Malik Was Sitting In The Car But Requested Not To Take Photo: Eyewitness

In regards the fatal car crash that took place on Sunday night in Lahore, the former Pakistan skipper lost control of his vehicle before colliding ‘head-on’ with a truck that was parked nearby a local restaurant. The 38-year-old was returning back to his hotel only to meet with the accident.

“Malik sahab was sitting in it,” an eyewitness was quoted as saying. “He was present on the spot and I tried to take a video of him but he requested me not to,” the eyewitness added.

Shoaib Malik's Car Accident
Shoaib Malik’s Car Accident. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

He has represented the Pakistani national side in all three formats of the game in the international arena. The veteran Pakistani all-rounder has been retained by the Peshawar Zalmi side in the Platinum category for the next edition of the PSL.

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Top 5 Most Loved Indian Sports Heroes

India has produced many world class athletes across a range of disciplines, and the nation’s love of sports is well known, as is the support that fans show for home-grown talent.

To bring you up to speed with the sports scene in India, here is a look at 5 of the most beloved stars that the country has ever produced.

Sachin Tendulkar

Cricket is the most popular sport in India, so it is no surprise that many of its top players are venerated far and wide. Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the all time greatest Indian cricketer and has a host of records and trophies under his belt.

Perhaps the most impressive achievement that he has to his name is that of being the only professional cricketer of any nationality to have scored a century at an international test on at least 100 occasions.

From beginning his career as a teenager to winning the 2011 World Cup, Tendulkar has cemented himself as a stalwart of Indian sport and will be a hero to millions for years to come. His achievements have also inspired everything from movies and TV shows to games like those found on Casumo casino.

Mary Kom

Female sports stars are also revered in India, and Mary Kom is amongst the greats thanks to her abilities as a boxer and her inspirational life story.

Having been crowned the top amateur boxer on the planet on no fewer than five occasions, Kom managed to earn a bronze medal during the Olympic Games back in 2012 and has even gone on to stand as a Member of Parliament, using her platform to promote the causes she believes in. Indeed it is not unusual for sports personalities to enter the world of politics in India, and Kom is one of the youngest to have made the leap.

Sania Miraz

Taking the tennis world by storm is no easy feat but Sania Miraz has managed it in spite of the fact that the sport is relatively underrepresented within India.

The list of achievements that Miraz has notched up over the years is significant; at one point she was even ranked as the world’s best player in the women’s doubles, with a partnership with Martina Hingis helping her to reach new heights and also command more cash from sponsorship deals and marketing tie-ins.

Virat Kohli

Following in the footsteps of Sachin Tendulkar is Indian cricket’s latest star player, and his trophy cabinet is definitely heaving. All of this has led to some serious spikes in his income in recent years, to the point that he is amongst the 100 best paid athletes worldwide according to the latest Forbes rankings.

Where Kohli really shines is one day events, which allow him to put his powerful batting capabilities to great use. He has accumulated over 10,000 runs in this context and even took the record for achieving this faster than previous record holder Tendulkar, which is no mean feat.

Milkha Singh

It has taken some time for India to assert itself in a track and field context, yet one of the athletes who allowed events in this category to gain more attention and momentum was Milkha Singh, a 400 metre specialist.

Singh was celebrated following his gold medal win in this race during the 1958 Commonwealth Games, and at the time he was the first sportsperson from India to achieve such an accolade.

Like many of India’s biggest sporting heroes, Singh came from a poor background but used sport to pull himself up the social ladder and encourage others to do so as well.


Sania Mirza, India vs Pakistan
Sania Mirza.

‘I’ll Support India No Matter What’ – Sania Mirza Reveals An Old Banter With Husband Shoaib Malik

Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza had faced reproval from her country when she decided to marry Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik. Sania is the best Indian tennis player there ever has been in this country with six doubles Grand Slam titles to her name.

She proved her name on the court through her sheer talents. Sania has been out of tennis for a long time but her spouse Shoaib Malik continues to play for Pakistan. The power couple have a baby boy, named Izhaan Mirza Malik, who was born in October 2018.

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He is the more talkative one than I am, contrary to the belief in the world: says, Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza revealed what their real relationship is like, opposite to what the world perceives it to be. She mentioned Shoaib Malik is the more talkative one among them both and their relationship is fun.

“Our relationship is very fun. I think that’s the first time people got to see what it really is. We both like to keep it pretty light, and I think it the first time that everybody got to see he is the more talkative one than I am, contrary to the belief in the world,” Sania Mirza told Sportskeeda.

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“I’ll support India no matter what” 

The 33-year-old Tennis ace revealed the time when she was dating Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik before their marriage she used to tell him that she will always support India, no matter what. He used to counter her with his amazing record tales against India.

“For some reason, he loved to play against India. So, when we were dating, whenever we spoke about it, I always used to say, ‘I’ll support India no matter what. And then he used to say, ‘My record against India I want to tell you is the best that I have.’ He’s been around for a long time and I think he has had an amazing career. I am really proud of him,” she stated.

Shoaib Malik, PSL 2020, Pakistan, PCB, Selectors
Shoaib Malik. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Shoaib Malik has been impressive against India and in 42 matches in ODIs the 38-year-old all-rounder has 1,782 runs with four centuries at an average of 46.89 with a top score of 143 in Colombo.

Malik retired from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup but is a part of the Pakistan T20I team. He will participate in the upcoming T20 series against England in Manchester.

Foreign Cricketers And Their Indian spouses

Foreign Cricketers And Their Indian Spouses

India is a prominent name in the world for its culture, heritage and sports, and sportsmen who visit the country for their sports schedule often come back to explore more of it. These players, not only got bowled over by the scenic locations of India, were swept off their feet by the Indian beauties as well.

Foreign Cricketers and their Indian spouses

1) Shaun Tait and Mashoom Singha:

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Shaun Tait Mashoom Singha, Foreign Cricketers and their Indian spouses
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The ‘Wild thing’ of world cricket met his love of life Mashoom Singha while playing for Rajasthan Royals in the year 2010. 3 years later he proposed this Mumbai-based beauty in Paris. Fast as his deliveries are, they tied the knot within a year in Mumbai dressed up in Indian traditional outfits.

Mashoom Singha, a model and wine entrepreneur herself, is heard to settle down with her speedster Australian husband in South Australia.

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Yuvraj Singh Wishes His Old Friend Sania Mirza On Her Birthday

On Friday (15th November), the Indian tennis player Sania Mirza turned 33-year-old. She doesn’t need any introduction. She was the No.1 Tennis player in WTA doubles discipline and has won six grand slam titles in her career. Today is the day of her and every Indian is wishing her. Her old friend, the former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, also wished her on that special day.

Yuvraj Singh and Sania Mirza are good old friends. The former cricketer posted the picture with the Tennis player on Instagram with a special birthday note. Sania Mirza also replied the post with mentioning Yuvraj Singh as Mootuuu.

Yuvraj wrote: Hai hai Mirchi ?! Janam din Mubarak my dear friend lots of love and best wishes Always!? @mirzasaniar ? ? ?

Harbhajan Singh also mocked Yuvraj Singh in the picture. He made fun of the player for his weight gain.

He wrote: When u were slim paji

Both Yuvraj and Sania are good friends. Sania has never left a stance to pull the leg of the player. In social media, we have seen both of them sharing a good bond.

Yuvraj Singh announced his sudden retirement from the cricket during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He took such a big decision after he was not selected in the World Cup squad. The sixer king is ready to play in the T10 league in Dubai. He will represent Maratha Arabians in this League.

Sania Mirza, Yuvraj Singh
Sania Mirza. Image credit: Google

Sania Mirza has never stopped

Sania Mirza, the wife of Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, has not been seen in Tennis court after she gave birth to her first child. She has established herself as the most successful Tennis player in India. She is Arjuna Awardee, Padma Shri Awardee, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee and Padma Bhushan Awardee. Against all the odds in her life, she has never stopped to fly.


Anushka Sharma Blamed If Virat Kohli Makes A Zero, It Makes No Sense: Sania Mirza

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza is the wife of Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik. She has been repeatedly remarked as the distraction for his husband. In India Economic Summit in Mumbai on Thursday, she openly talks about being woman remarked as a distraction.

Sania Mirza to keep her point gives the example of Anushka Sharma. In her view, anyone can not blame Anushka if Virat Kohli gets out because there is no logical connection between the too. She said it “makes no sense”

“Anushka Sharma is blamed if Virat makes a zero, like what does that have anything to do with anything. Anushka Sharma is blamed if Virat makes a zero.”

“Many times, including our cricket team and in many teams I have seen that wives or girlfriends are not allowed on tour because the boys will be distracted,” Sania Mirza added.

“What does that mean? What is it that the women are doing that is going to distract the men so much?” Mirza asked.

Sania Mirza, Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.

Sania Mirza spoke about a deeper problem

Sania has not played for two years after giving birth to the baby boy Izhaan. She last played in 2017 in the China Open. In Grand Slams, Sania holds three women’s doubles titles and three more in mixed doubles. She is planning to return to the game next year. The Indian tennis star expresses that women should be addressed as a strength rather a distraction.

“See the thing is that comes from a deeper problem which says that a woman is a distraction she cannot be a strength,” said the tennis star.

“If we address the problem that a woman can be a strength or is a strength rather than a distraction or a weakness we might conquer these issues,” Sania said.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is busy in playing the Test match against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. The second Test match will begin in Pune on 10th October.

Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, ICC World Cup 2019, India vs Pakistan, Manchester
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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:

Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf, India vs Pakistan, Manchester
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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:

Shoaib Malik
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Malik might have set his focus on the Twenty20 World Cup which is slated in Australia in 2020, but the former cricketers have urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to introduce the young blood.

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).

Sania Mirza, India vs Pakistan
Sania Mirza.

ICC World Cup 2019: Pakistan Fans Target Sania Mirza For The Loss, She Hits Back

As always, there comes the shameful news from the social media after the game between Indian National Cricket Team and Pakistan team. The wife of Shoaib Malik, Sania Mirza, who was an Indian was blamed by a section of fans following Pakistan’s loss in the game against the Indian team.

Ahead of the game, the wife of Shoaib Malik, Sania Mirza alongside a few other cricketers of the team have visited the nearest hotel for a dinner. Few of those pictures went viral in social media.

A section of the Pakistan fans targetted Sania Mirza citing that she was helping the Indians by taking the Pakistan cricketers for a night out ahead of the crucial match in the next morning.

Try Better Content Next Time – Sania Mirza

According to the netizens and a viral video online, Shoaib Malik who registered a golden duck during the match was spotted at a sheesha lounge with Sania Mirza and other Pakistani cricketers, in the lead-up to the crucial match. The trolls blamed Sania Mirza for his performance on the field during the match.

Sania Mirza, India vs Pakistan
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Meanwhile, Sania Mirza, who was irked with all the ruckus in the social media tweeted saying that it was the picture of the dinner. Further, she asked those people to try new content for their TRP ratings.

”That’s the video you shot without asking us,disrespecting our privacy even though we had a child with us?& got told off for doing so,& u came up with this crap?FYI ‘outing’ was dinner & yes ppl are allowed to eat if they lose a match!Bunch of fools!Try better content nxt time,” her tweet read.

Apart from that, the Netizens also blames Sania Mirza for the poor form of Shoaib Malik in the tournament. Adding concerns, he was dismissed for a golden duck in the match against India when the edge disturbed his stumps off Hardik Pandya bowling.

Here are a few tweets:

Sania Mirza’s Reply:

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ICC World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza Slams Advertising Channels For Their ”Cringeworthy” Ads On Indo-Pak Clash

Of late, in fact, from the last couple of years, we are coming across the advertisements on the Indo-Pak clashes, which are funny and effective in their marketing. But, in the recent past, they have crossed their limits, as they are hurting the feelings of either border people. Meanwhile, the Indian tennis star, who is the wife of Shoaib Malik, Sania Mirza makes her voice on those advertisements.

India and Pakistan face off against each other on 16 June at Old Trafford in what is always an encounter that sets the pulses racing. As if the match needed any more spice the television ads on both sides have the border have added to the hype around the encounter.

Get a Life – Sania Mirza to Advertisers

Meanwhile, the tennis star Sania Mirza on Wednesday slammed the “cringe-worthy” TV advertisements hyping the much-awaited World Cup match between India and Pakistan.

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The advertisement war is in the run-up to Sunday’s clash between the arch-rivals has heated up with TV channels in both the countries putting out offensive advertisements.

Star Sports brought back the famous Mauka Mauka advertisement, which has been the popular slogan for previous India vs Pakistan world cup clashes. As the match coincided with Father’s Day this year, the ad referred to Pakistan and Bangladesh as India’s children with a tagline, ”Baap, Baap Hota Hai.”

Sania Mirza

Cringeworthy ads on both sides of the border. Seriously guys, you don’t need to ‘hype up’ or market the match anymore specially with rubbish! it has ENOUGH attention already!It’s only cricket for God sake, and if you think it’s anymore than that then get a grip or get a life !!

A World Cup ad featuring Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman lookalike hasn’t gone too well in India, while in India there have been ads about how India have been dominating Pakistan in the World Cups.

So far, the arch-rivals, India and Pakistan have faced each other six times in the World Cup and each time, Men in Blue came out on top. This will be their 7th meeting in ICC Cricket World Cup. It is scheduled to be played on June 16th at Manchester.

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