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Babar asked selectors to drop Malik for West Indies series

He had a conversation with the veteran

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 26, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 26, 2021 | Last Updated: 2 months ago

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It was Babar Azam’s decision and not the selectors’ to drop veteran batter Shoaib Malik from Pakistan’s upcoming T20 and One-day International series against West Indies.

According to sources, the national team selection committee, headed by Mohammad Wasim, and the team management, wanted to go with the same squad that featured in Pakistan’s 3-0 T20I series triumph against Bangladesh.

Babar, however, told the team management that he wanted to test emerging players in what will be a full-fledge white ball series against a decent Carribbean side.

The skipper asked the selectors to rest veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed and pacer Hassan Ali along Malik for the three T20Is and as many ODIs scheduled for December in Karachi.

Sources further revealed that Babar, in a conversation with Malik, told the 39-year-old, that he will look up to him again in a “bigger” series.

Pakistan play their first T20I against the West Indies on December 13 at the National Stadium.

The national team has been carrying the likes of Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir, Khushdil Shah and Haider Ali since the T20 World Cup.

None of them however played during the event, of which Pakistan reached the semi-finals before losing out to eventual champions Australia.

The aforementioned players did feature in the Bangladesh series, with Dahani — this year’s Pakistan Super League’s highest wicket-taker — making his international debut in the third T20I.

Babar, according to sources, now wants to give them, and more players performing in the domestic circuit, a chance to show their mettle at the international stage.

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16 Comments

  1. Tahir Subzwari  November 26, 2021 10:57 pm/ Reply

    Completely agreed, those players retire now

    • Pravat Kumar Singh  November 29, 2021 12:54 pm/ Reply

      As senior guy they should announce their retirement as soon as possible and provide their place to youngster for betterment of Pakistan cricket

  2. Hamid Ali  November 27, 2021 4:09 am/ Reply

    Spot on decision. You can see free thinking and freehand decision making by captain, it sure will do wonders for upcoming t20 World Cup next year

    • Shafqat  November 27, 2021 9:46 pm/ Reply

      till 100 years shoaib malik and hafeez cannat win for u any title….get rid off both of them as soon as possible.

  3. Khalid Saeed Khan  November 27, 2021 10:42 am/ Reply

    Not Agreed with Babar Azam,

    M. Hafeez, Sohaib Malik and Sarfaraz are the best in team.

    You may give rest to Hassan Ali, Rizwan, Shahnwaz Dhani

    Also try to remember Akmal Brothers, they are the best players of cricket world.

    • Zahid Rehman  November 29, 2021 2:15 am/ Reply

      Not agree . Babar has made a wise decision. ✌️

    • Tayyab  November 29, 2021 4:03 am/ Reply

      Are U mad to remember the name of akmal brothers

    • Mubarak .  November 29, 2021 1:07 pm/ Reply

      Akmal’s kamran was biggest […] ever. He was joke dropping straight catches with gloves. Sarfaraz is good wicket keeper but zero batsmen. Malik is a burden but Hafeez is a good player. I think best decision from Baber need to invest in youngsters
      From Srinagar, Kashmir

  4. Faiz Khan  November 27, 2021 1:20 pm/ Reply

    Khakid Saeed Khan is good at Sarcasm. Doesn’t feel at all he is saying it sarcastically.

  5. Nasser Nazeer  November 27, 2021 1:34 pm/ Reply

    100% agree skipper u should try new talent 4 t20 world cup and test ur benchers not Hafeez Malik and Srfraz also

    • Rahi  November 27, 2021 8:54 pm/ Reply

      Tptally agreed with skipper views. It is high time to try out youngsters.

  6. Amjad Ali  November 27, 2021 1:42 pm/ Reply

    Good thinking, it’s now time to replace Hafeez and Malick . Moreover give rest to Rizwan, Hassan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi. Let Sarfraz give a full series to play and check his potential. The WI series a best chance to try new faces who honestly deserves.

    • Qadam khan  November 28, 2021 12:19 am/ Reply

      It’s brave decision,but up the movement he doing great job he wants to new blood in the side,iam totally agree,so it’s seem that babe, explore alternative off shoib and hafeez,thank you

  7. Wasif Shaikh  November 27, 2021 8:29 pm/ Reply

    Great decision by the great cricketer of the world. Next world cup is in Australia and there are fast pitches not like asian so the youngsters should perform there.. go ahead best of luck.

  8. Jafar  November 27, 2021 9:44 pm/ Reply

    Give rest to rizwan in t20 or odi or both… Sarfaraz may keep for one series.. Also to shaheen..

  9. Iqbal Nazir  November 27, 2021 11:19 pm/ Reply

    Why resting Sarfaraz?
    He just play one t20 while was with the team for long time
    Give rest to rizwan babar Hassan ali haris rauf
    In a home like pitches in UAE they lost to rather weak team Australia
    They win against India and faces difficulties against nz and Afghanistan
    You can sent a b team in UAE and they will perform

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