Shoaib Malik, who is currently playing the Lanka Premier League for Jaffna Stallions has revealed that there was no communication from the Pakistan national selection committee after he was dropped from the 35-man squad for the New Zealand tour.
The veteran all rounder who only plays T20 cricket for Pakistan said that there was no communication from the Pakistan selectors and said that he did not want to look on the negative side of things. “If I am not part of the national team, only the chief selector can answer this I have no idea. There wasn’t any communication from them but of course I don’t want to go into the (dwell on) negative side and just stay positive,” Malik told PTI during a virtual interaction felicitated by the Lanka Premier League (LPL).
The former Pakistan skipper said that he had a great opportunity playing in the Lanka Premier League and wants to make the most of it. “I have a great opportunity in my hands that is the Lanka Premier League and my total focus is on the league and I don’t want to focus on where I’m not present. I have played enough cricket and I feel whatever you have in your hand you should focus on that,” said Shoaib Malik.
Shoaib Malik has also asserted that he has no plans of retiring any time soon. He has featured in 35 tests, 287 ODIs and 116 T20Is in his illustrious career. “I have no intentions of retiring from this format so far but let’s see how it goes,” said Shoaib Malik.
Shoaib Malik backs Babar Azam as captain of Pakistan in all formats
Shoaib Malik believed that giving the captaincy to Babar Azam in all three formats was a good decision by the Pakistan Cricket Board and they should consider him leading the team for a longer period of time.
“It’s a great move which the PCB has taken. They should announce him as captain for the next three years at least. He can make his own team for different formats. It is important for the board to instil confidence in Babar that they are there to back him in tough times,” said Shoaib Malik.
“Providing confidence to your captain and players should be the first priority and then we can expect consistent results from him. He has been performing so well in all three formats I’d like to see him do the same in captaincy as well,” added Malik.
Shoaib Malik also praised the organizers of the Lanka Premier League of staging a tournament inspite of the covid-19 pandemic and said that there were many big names on show even though a few of them pulled out.
“The quality of cricket in Lanka Premier League is very good. From next year I am sure there will be more big names. These are tough times and we are using only one stadium. From next year, when we all come out of this pandemic LPL will have more venues and crowds. Crowd makes things bigger. But in these tough times the way LPL has been organised is remarkable,” Shoaib Malik said.
Shoaib Malik also believed that the T20 tournament will help to discover new talents and it is necessary to give them opportunities consistently. “We have seen whoever started their own league, the cricket improved. It will happen in Sri Lanka too. A lot of players will come up but having said that this format you don’t select the players for Test cricket. Leagues like these help in identifying T20 talents in various countries,” added Shoaib Malik.
“First class cricket is very important and you must pick players from there but this league will give you T20 players. They must be provided consistent opportunities,” Malik concluded.