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Shoaib Malik Takes a Sly Dig at Ramiz Raja for His ‘Retirement’ Remarks

Veteran cricketer Shoaib Malik took a cheeky dig at well-known commentator Ramiz Raja for suggesting that both Malik and Mohammed Hafeez should retire from international cricket. The duo was recalled into the Pakistan T20 side in February. Malik (38) and Hafeez (39) have been vital cogs in the Pakistan line-up for years.

Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez
Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez (Image Credit: Google)

Malik in response said that Ramiz should also join them and that all three should hang up their boots from their respective professions. “Yes, Ramiz bhai agreed. Since all 3 of us are the end of our careers let’s retire gracefully together – I’ll call and let’s plan this for 2022?” Malik tweeted.

Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Hafeez should retire gracefully: Ramiz Raja

Ramiz had earlier stated that Malik and Hafeez should leave international cricket with respect and gracefully. “I come across both during my assignments; that is why I avoid making personal comments. There is no doubt both have served Pakistan cricket well all these years. But now I think it is time they gracefully retired from the Pakistan team,” he said.

Ramiz Raza,
Ramiz Raja feels India-Pakistan should continue playing to save cricket

Ramiz, 57, played 57 Tests and 198 ODIs for Pakistan, including the successful 1992 World Cup campaign. “I think if they retire now, it will help Pakistan cricket. We have a good pool of players, and we must move ahead,” he added.

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez. Credits: Getty Images

Hafeez had earlier said that he would retire from cricket at the end of the World T20 in Australia. Malik, however, remained tight-lipped about his future. He brought the curtains down on his Test career four years ago. Fans haven’t been amused about the comeback of the duo in the shortest format of the game. Pakistan hasn’t been at their best at ICC events barring the 2017 Champions Trophy, where they beat arch-rivals India to lift the trophy.

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Shoaib Malik. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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PSL 2020: Shoaib Malik Has an Advice for Pakistan Selectors

The veteran cricketer Shoaib Malik has a piece of advice for Pakistan selectors. He wants that the selection of a player in the team should not be done based on few performances during the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Recently, Malik earned the recall in the T20 squad against Bangladesh in the three-match T20I series. He showed impeccable performance against the Tigers and proved that he is still a game-changer for Pakistan.

Meanwhile, after impressing against Bangladesh, Malik will head to play the impending PSL edition which will start from 20 February.

Shoaib Malik, PSL, T20 World Cup 2020
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PSL should not be the only criteria to pick the player: Shoaib Malik

According to Malik, PSL has importance in the player’s life as it grabs the much-needed attention from media and crowd. But he doesn’t want the league to become the sole criteria of selection.

“PSL is important for us as it is seen internationally and followed widely by the people and covered extensively by the media. But I would still emphasise don’t select anyone on one or two matches. Criteria should be strong to pick a player for Pakistan. I would say if a player gives some good performances make him play at least two or three seasons and let him perform consistency in them before considering him for selection,” Malik said.

Shoaib Malik on his retirement plan:

Meanwhile, the 38-year-old, who has already retired from Test and ODI format, doesn’t want to think much over his selection for the T20 World Cup in Australia which is scheduled in October this year.

Besides, he said that he will not hesitate to take retirement from the shortest format if he feels to do so soon.

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“The World Cup is still far off and I think right now my focus is on the Pakistan Super League and coming matches for Pakistan. When I get closer to the World Cup I will see what to do,” Malik said.

“I will have to see my fitness and position in the national side closer to the World Cup than I will take a decision on final retirement.”

In the recently-held Bangladesh T20I series, Malik remained unbeaten and scored 58 runs, leading the team to victory while in the second ODI, he didn’t get the chance to bat.

Ross Taylor, New Zealand vs India 2020, New Zealand vs India
Ross Taylor. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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New Zealand vs India 2020: Ross Taylor Makes His 100th T20I Appearance; Joins Shoaib Malik, Rohit Sharma

New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor has been the crucial player for his team and has continuously featured in his national side across formats. He has added another feather in his cricket record after featuring in the fifth T20I match against India at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday (February 2).

Ross Taylor Joins Rohit Sharma and Shoaib Malik in the list:

Taylor has become the third cricketer to feature in 100 T20I internationals. He has joined Rohit Sharma and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik on the impressive list. With Shoaib Malik (113) topping the list, Indian opener Sharma (108*) is at the second position.

Now, the New Zealander is placed third after playing his 100th T20I game against India at the Bay Oval.

Ross Taylor, India vs New Zealand 2019
Ross Taylor. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While New Zealand have already lost the T20I series. Taylor will play for pride for the Black Caps. He would like to gain most from the opportunity to chase down the target of 164. Meanwhile, India will be looking to whitewash the hosts in the T20I series after leading 4-0 in the game.

Ross Taylor is a senior-most Kiwis batter:

So far in the T20I series, Taylor has scored 113* runs in four matches at an average of 37.67. He had the chance to lead his team to victory in the one-over eliminator of the fourth T20I match. But unluckily, New Zealand had to face the defeat.

Ross Taylor, India tour of New Zealand 2020
Ross Taylor. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Talking about Taylor’s credentials in the T20Is, he has amassed 1,856 runs at an average of 26.14 with 6 half-centuries under his belt.

The star cricket Taylor has been the contributor to his team across all the formats. Against the disastrous Australia Test series, he was the top scorer for his team.

Meanwhile, after finishing the T20I series, India and New Zealand will head to play the three-match ODI and two-match T20I series. Although New Zealand has lost the series, they will try to register their dominance in ODI and Tests.

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Shoaib Malik Wants to Play the T20 World Cup 2020; Drops His Plan To Retire

Pakistan former skipper, Shoaib Malik quashed all the rumours of his retirement after the T20 World Cup 2020. He has recently earned the call back from the national side for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh. Recently, Pakistan’s senior campaigner Mohammad Hafeez has announced to retire after the 2020 T20 World Cup.

The 37-year-old Shoaib had retired from the Tests in 2015 after scoring a double century in a home series against England in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He had also retired from 50-over format game after last featuring in the World Cup 2019.

In the mega event, he looked off-colour and went on to play only three matches.

However, the veteran all-rounder is active in the shortest format. Lastly, he featured in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Rajshahi Royals (RR) who went on to win the league. In the playoff game against Khulna Tigers, he scored brilliant 80 off 50 balls.

Shoaib Malik, T20 World Cup 2020
Shoaib Malik (Image Credit: PCB)

The star cricketer Malik while speaking to the reporters in Lahore said that he will continue playing till he is fit and can give his best for his country.

Malik further added that his previous announcement of quitting international cricket after this year’s T20 World Cup is not decided. He conceded that whenever he feels it is time to step down, he will do that.

“Yes I had said I will retire from ODI cricket after the World Cup (in 2019) and I did that and I also said I might retire completely after the World Cup T20. But right now I think it is about short-term goals when the time comes I will think about it,” he said.

Shoaib Malik, T20 World Cup, Bangladesh series
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“As a senior player I have a responsibility and goal and thankfully my body is supporting me in my career and I will continue to play till I feel good about it. I am not someone who will hang around just for the sake of it,” he asserted.

As of now, Malik has played 111 T20s and scored 2263 runs. He has also played 287 ODIs and 35 Tests for Pakistan. In the 50-over format, he has more than 7500 runs including nine centuries and forty-four half-centuries to his name.

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Shoaib Malik Scratches Old Wounds On Christmas

Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik scratched old wounds on Christmas day while wishing the fans on Twitter. Though the two rival nations India and Pakistan haven’t played a bilateral series after January 2013, the competition between the two nations has never ended.

The two countries have faced each other in the ICC or Asia Cup events, but they last played a series together in December-January 2012/13 when Pakistan toured India to play two T20s and three ODIs against India. They together haven’t played a Test series since 2007.

However, Pakistan ex-captain Shoaib Malik has proved with his statement that the rivalry between the two countries will never end. On 25th December, Shoaib wished the fans Merry Christmas as well as ‘Happy 25th December’. He also posted the picture of the game when Pakistan won the T20I game against India on December 25 in 2012.

“Merry Christmas dosto ?? and a very happy 25th December ?”, Shoaib Malik tweeted

About the game:

The game, which Shoaib Malik mentioned in his post, was played in Bengaluru when Pakistan visited India to play two-match T20I series and three-match ODI series. On 25th December 2012, India played the first T20I match of the series.

India was given the task to bat first at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. After the fall of the first wicket, India could not gain stability and went on to lose the wickets, setting the target of 134 runs (133/9).

Shoaib Malik, India vs Pakistan 2012
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Pakistan easily chased down the target beating India by five wickets. At that time, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was a new entry into the team. He picked three wickets of the top-order batsman, but India couldn’t stop Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik who scored 61 and 57 respectively, leading Pakistan to win the first T20I game of the series.
However, India made a comeback in the second T20I, beating Pakistan by 11 runs. The two-match T20I series was drawn as both the teams won a one-one match each.
Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Twitter)
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Rohit Sharma Becomes Second Indian To Play 100 T20Is

On Thursday (7th November), Rohit Sharma becomes the first Indian men’s cricketer, second men’s cricketer and second overall Indian cricketer to play 100 T20Is. Also, Rohit breaks the record of the playing most T20 matches as an Indian cricketer.

Rohit Sharma-led Indian national cricket team is currently busy in the Rajkot T20I against Bangladesh. It is the 100th T20I for Rohit Sharma. After Shoaib Malik, Rohit becomes the second men’s cricketer to play 100 T20Is. Malik has represented Pakistan and ICC World XI in T20Is and has played 111 T20Is.

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik (Image Credit: Getty Images)

During the ongoing 100th T20I, Rohit also surpassed Shahid Afridi‘s (Pakistan/ICC World XI) 99 T20I records.

On last Sunday (3rd November), during the Delhi T20I against Bangladesh, Rohit became the most-capped Indian cricketer in T20I history. While it was his 99th T20I, Rohit also surpassed Indian wicketkeeper MS Dhoni who has played 98 T20Is till the date.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Google)

Top five most-capped T20I players

Player (Team) Matches
Shoaib Malik (Pakistan/ICC World XI) 111
Rohit Sharma (India) 100
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan/ICC World XI) 99
MS Dhoni (India) 98
Ross Taylor (New Zealand) 93

Before Rohit Sharma, Harmanpreet Kaur played 100 T20Is for India

However, in overall, Rohit becomes the second Indian cricketer to play 100 T20Is. Just a month ago, Indian women’s star Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian to play 100 T20Is. On 4th October 2019, during the Surat T20I, Harmanpreet played her 100th T20I.

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Harmanpreet Kaur (Image Credit: Google)

Till the date, a total of 10 women cricketers have played 100 or more T20Is. So, Rohit becomes the 12th overall cricketer to play 100 T20Is.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Getty Images)

In 1984, Sunil Gavaskar became the first Indian to play 100 Tests. Three years later, another legend, Kapil Dev became the first Indian cricketer to play 100 ODIs. Now, Rohit Sharma becomes the first Indian to play 100 T20Is.

India’s first players to play 100 matches in each format

Format Player Year to complete 100 matches
Test Sunil Gavaskar 1984
ODI Kapil Dev 1987
T20I Rohit Sharma 2019

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma is also playing his 320th T20 match. It is also a record in Indian cricket history as there is no other Indian cricketer to play these numbers of T20s. Suresh Raina is in the next position in this list as he has played 319 T20s. At present, Rohit is the 11th most-capped player in T20 cricket history.

Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez
Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez (Image Credit: Google)
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Shoaib Malik And Mohammad Hafeez Ignored For Australia Tour

Pakistan national cricket team is under full revolution in guidance of the newly appointed head coach Misbah-ul Haq. The team is preparing for Australia Tour which is scheduled next month. The squad has been announced for the tour. Veteran players Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez are not in the T20I squad which has surprised both the players.

Strategy for Australia Tour

Misbah-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, the new T20I captain, demanded Malik and Hafeez in the T20I team for next month Australia tour but Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman and CEO disagreed, as per sources. The Board wants to give a chance to youngsters keeping the mind for the next T20 World Cup 2020.

In the recent T20I series against Sri Lanka, Misbah gave the chance to Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal, who made the comeback in the team, were unsuccessful in standing the hopes of the team. So, Misbah didn’t push to admit the Malik and Hafeez to the T20I team which will tour Australia.

Misbah-Ul-Haq, Pakistan, Australia tour
Misbah-Ul-Haq (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan had to face defeat in T20I series against Sri Lanka in the home ground. The inexperienced team was able to defeat the No.1 T20I team in the home ground. Pakistan had to face a lot of criticism after Sri Lanka managed to clean sweep the host. Sarfaraz Ahmed had to pay the loss as he was sacked from captaincy. The chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq selected Babar Azam to lead the team in T20I.

Pakistan will tour Australia to play three-match T20I series which will start from 3rd November. They will also play two-match Test series which will be the part of the inaugural edition of ICC World Test Championship (WTC). It will be the first Test series for Pakistan in the WTC which will be played from 21st November. Misbah has given the command of the Test team to Azhar Ali.

Shahid Afridi, Gautam Gambhir
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To Appoint Shoaib Malik As The Captain Would Be A Sensible Move: Shahid Afridi

The home T20I series loss against Sri Lanka has proved expensive for Sarfaraz Ahmed as he lost his position in the team. Now, he will not lead the team in T20I and Test matches. The team is handed over to Babar Azam and Azhar Ali in T20I and Test matches respectively.

The Sri Lanka team, which recently toured Pakistan, was inexperienced and was successful in winning the three-match T20I series. The visitors clean-swept Pakistan in the home ground. This had put Sarfaraz under questions for his captaincy and his performance. He also lost his wickets early. The newly appointed coach Misbah-ul-Haq was also disappointed by Sarfaraz’s performance.

Former Pakistan cricketers didn’t agree to remove Sarfaraz from T20I leadership. Some said that he should continue leadership in the shortest format and some didn’t agree to make Babar Azam as T20I captain.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik
Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed (Image Credit: Google)

Shoaib Malik Should be appointed as the captain: Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi opined that Shoaib Malik should be appointed the T20I captain rather than Babar Azam.

“No doubt Babar Azam is the backbone of the team, he is a consistent performer. However, given that the T20I World Cup is coming up, giving the T20I captaincy to Shoaib Malik would have been a more sensible move. The best move would have been to appoint Shoaib Malik as captain till the World Cup,” Afridi was quoted as saying on his YouTube channel.

Shoaib Malik has led the team in 20 T20Is and has 13 victories. He has been a satisfactory captain in the shortest format. He retired from ODI after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Pakistan had a disappointing World Cup 2019 which has raised the question on Sarfaraz’s captaincy and then defeat in Sri Lanka series has cost him. There was news that Sarfaraz was asked to step down from captaincy post before being sacked. Sarfaraz Ahmed disagreed to do so and then he was removed from the position.

Shoaib Malik, T20 World Cup 2020
Shoaib Malik (Image Credit: PCB)
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Shoaib Malik Reaches A Great Milestone In T20 Career

On Sunday (6th October), the veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik reached a great milestone in his T20 career. The 37-year-old became the fourth batsman to score 9,000+ T20 runs.

The veteran Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik is currently busy in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League 2019 (CPL 2019). He is playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors who have secured their place for the final spot of CPL 2019 on the last night.

It was the Qualifier 1 match of CPL 2019 between the top two teams of the final points table. Points table leader Guyana Amazon Warriors, who won all their league stage matches in CPL 2019, faced second-positioned team Barbados Tridents on last Sunday night. While Shoaib Malik-led Warriors scored 218/3 (20 overs) at first batting, Tridents managed to reply with 188/8 (20 overs). Warriors won the match by 30 runs and qualified for the final. The in-form Warriors are now desperate to win their maiden CPL trophy.

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During that Qualifier 1 match, Warriors opener Brandon King (132*) registered the highest individual score in CPL history. Meanwhile, their skipper Shoaib Malik was the second-highest run-scorer in that innings as he scored 32 runs off 19 balls (3 sixes).

T20 career, Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik (Image Credit: Google)

Shoaib Malik reached the 9,000 runs mark in T20 career when he scored 18 runs in Qualifier 1 of CPL 2019

During that innings, Malik reached the 9,000 runs milestone in his T20 career. Before that game, the versatile right-handed batsman was 18 runs away from his 9,000 T20 runs. On Sunday night, he became the first Pakistan cricketer and fourth overall batsman to score 9,000+ runs in T20 career.

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Shoaib Malik (Image Credit: Google)

Batsmen who have scored 9,000 or more runs in T20 career 

Player Matches (Innings) Runs scored Highest score Average Strike-rate 100s/50s
Chris Gayle 394 (386) 13,051 175* 38.61 147.18 22/80
Brendon McCullum 370 (364) 9,922 158* 29.97 136.49 7/55
Kieron Pollard 489 (442) 9,757 104 30.77 150.20 1/48
Shoaib Malik 356 (335) 9,014 95* 37.40 125.15 0/63

It was the 356th T20 match for Shoaib Malik. After this match, Malik has scored 9,014 runs (average 37.40) and also taken 142 wickets in T20 career. During the Qualifier 1 of CPL 2019, Malik also took one wicket as the off-spinner had the bowling figures of 2-0-13-1.

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Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik has played 111 T20Is where he has scored 2,263 runs (average 30.58) and also taken 28 wickets.

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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.

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