Mohd Hafeez advised Shoaib Malik to retire
Malik has not been included in the T20 squad for the T20 World Cup
Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi raised questions on PCB
New Delhi: Before the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022, Pakistan will play a 7-match T20 series against England (PAK vs ENG) from 20 September. Fast bowler Shaheen Afridi is making a comeback in the T20 World Cup team after injury, while Fakhar Zaman has been included as a reserve player. The absence of Shoaib Malik in the team has angered many former cricketers including Shahid Afridi. Mohammad Hafeez is also unhappy with the behavior of former Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik for some time.
Former batsman Mohammad Hafeez said, ‘Shoaib Malik has given his best to Pakistan for almost 21 to 22 years and for so long he has maintained his fitness which is interesting.’ Earlier this year in January, Hafeez announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. Hafeez further said, ‘When I retired earlier this year, I had also advised Malik to retire because I knew that Malik would not be respected.’ Hafeez further said that even when he retired from ODI cricket in 2019, he was not given a match farewell.
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Shoaib played the last ODI in 2019
Shoaib Malik last represented Pakistan in ODI cricket in 2019 against England. Malik was dismissed in that match after scoring 8 runs in 8 balls. Mohammad Hafeez, playing in this match, admitted that arrangements should have been made for him to leave the match.
Career started in 1999
Shoaib Malik made his debut in 1999 against the West Indies and last played for Pakistan in the T20I series against Bangladesh in 2021, where Pakistan won the series 3–0. Malik has scored 1898, 7534 and 2435 runs in 35 Tests, 287 ODIs and 124 T20 Internationals respectively. He has scored 9 in ODI cricket and 3 centuries in Test career.
Tags: mohammad hafeez, Pakistan Cricket Board, Shoaib Malik, T20 World Cup 2022
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 18, 2022, 19:08 IST