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Mohammad Wasim, Babar Azam at loggerheads over Shoaib Malik’s selection?

Captain wants all-rounder in the T20 team

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 18, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
Posted: Aug 18, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months ago

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Pakistan Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim and Captain Babar Azam are reportedly not on the same page over Shoaib Malik’s selection.

The veteran all-rounder was in fine form in the recently concluded Kashmir Premier League (KPL). He scored 240 runs in seven games. Malik was also the fourth-highest run-scorer in the sixth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

However, according to Cricket Pakistan, despite Malik’s good form and multiple requests from Babar Azam, Mohammad Wasim is against the inclusion of the 39-year-old in the Pakistan team.

He believes that Malik’s inclusion won’t benefit the Pakistan team due to the former captain’s age, the report said.

Interestingly, Mohammad Hafeez, 40, is part of the Pakistan squad despite the dip in form.

In the last 14 T20I matches this year, only Fakhar Zaman, apart from Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, has scored a fifty for the Men-in-Green. 

Shoaib Malik has represented Pakistan in 116 T20Is, 287 ODIs and 35 Tests, where he scored over 11,500 runs and claimed 218 wickets.

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  1. Shahid Ali  August 18, 2021 8:47 pm/ Reply

    Shoaib Malik can be given chance on the condition that he would announce retirement after participating in the World Cup tournament. Same should be applicable to Mohammad Hafeez.

  2. Anonymous  August 19, 2021 6:41 am/ Reply

    No chance he isnt transpstent and have shades we shouldnt risk.our chances

  3. Anonymous  August 19, 2021 7:14 am/ Reply

    If drop on age why is hafeez in team shoaib is far better player

  4. Maaz Shahid  August 19, 2021 8:52 am/ Reply

    Shoaib Malik should be given a chance on the basis of his experience and performances. He can also back the stumbling middle order of team Pakistan.

  5. Mansoor  August 19, 2021 9:52 am/ Reply

    Let go those who have passed by their respective due date. Give chance and support new emerging talents

    • Kamal Mujtaba Khan  August 19, 2021 4:51 pm/ Reply

      Shoaib Malik should be given a chance to play in the upcoming T20 world cup. He can provide strength in the middle order. He is a hard-hitting and reliable better. He can bowl and field in the deep

    • Zubair  August 20, 2021 2:11 pm/ Reply

      Where is emerging talent.Whole team is depended on Babar and Rizwan.Rest players are waste.

  6. Faiz  August 19, 2021 9:57 am/ Reply

    Shoib malik should in pakistan t20 teem he is experience and inform player .

  7. Muhammad Waseem  August 19, 2021 10:38 am/ Reply

    From hafeez and Shoaib Malik one should be selected, on performance hafeez is better and can bowl too. 2 aged batsmen should not be in playing 11.

  8. Hajra tariq  August 19, 2021 12:33 pm/ Reply

    Kashif wo was playing for rawalakot halks in kpl give him a chance he is a good talent as u all

    • Sajid  August 19, 2021 5:13 pm/ Reply

      Muhammad Wasim is chief selector, the guy who hardly had the chance to play for national side.

  9. Usman Ahmad  August 19, 2021 1:06 pm/ Reply

    Shoaib Malik is a much better player than current middle order players. Especially in UAE Dubai and sharjah,checkout his stats. So why Mr. Waseem ignoring Malik for WC.

  10. Samreen khan  August 19, 2021 1:21 pm/ Reply

    Yes Shoaib Malik is one of the finest player of T20 so he is eligible for team.Performance is important rather than age.He is in good form.Is Hafee 0 or 20 then why Malik is not in the side.M.Waseem should think about it.

  11. Samreen khan  August 19, 2021 1:27 pm/ Reply

    Shoai Malik is 1 of the finest player of T20.Performance is important rather than age so he is eligible for team Pakistan.He is in good form.Hafeez is 40 or 20 then why Malik is not in the team.M.Waseem should think about it.

  12. Shahid Yaqoob  August 19, 2021 1:36 pm/ Reply

    We have to improvise our team including a best middle order player Shoaib Malik in substitution of floppy middle order

    • Saim khan  August 20, 2021 11:53 am/ Reply

      Wasim is selected by whom even he not know whats cricket is. He destroyed Pakistan cricket team. He is the most corrupt person.

  13. ali  August 19, 2021 3:07 pm/ Reply

    please put ego aside mr waseem and put malik in it, he deserves the respect , let him go out and play and he will prove you wrong, he will bring alot of experience, malik is much better then hafeez and bowls too
    every match he will guarantee to score 20 plus runs…..
    my fav player , afridi was not even given a farewell , hafeez is very lucky to be in the squad
    age is a number, malik is currently better then all of the current 11
    bloody joke mr waseem
    he can hit 6s when he wants

  14. Waseem Vohra l  August 19, 2021 7:07 pm/ Reply

    Middle order batting is vulnerable .After Hafeez is out no one is reliable. Shosb Malik in the middle order is inevitable and indispensable as a all-rounder off break bowler and excellent fielder . Senior pro will be an asset on field to Captain Babar Azam.

  15. Moinuddin  August 19, 2021 8:11 pm/ Reply

    Shoaib Mallik should be selected will give strength in the middle order,which lacs alot,now.

  16. Galaxy  August 20, 2021 11:27 pm/ Reply

    If they are unsure of his performance why not give him a chance in the New Zealand T20? He is in good form and they should not waste his form! Babar is the captain he should be given the priority to select his XI without hesitation!
    I fully support Maliks inclusion in the New Zealand tour of Pakistan and T20 WORLD CUP!

  17. Khawaja Muneeb  August 21, 2021 6:03 pm/ Reply

    Given chance to shoaib malik because he is playing in pressure situation he is in form best fielder and a good bowler according to his current performace in psl 6 and KPL he should selected for playing 11 t20 worldcup 2021

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