Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has high hopes of making a cut to the Pakistan squad for the T20 World Cup. The veteran was disappointed by his omission from the Pakistan squad and reckoned that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) didn’t give any valid explanation for dropping him from the team.
“I don’t understand why I was dropped from the team. I don’t want to drag this issue. It doesn’t matter how much your age is. You should meet the team’s criteria in terms of performance, fitness. Most importantly, as a senior player if you keep the environment of the dressing room healthy and respect your management and young players, then nothing else matters,” Malik said.
Malik was optimistic about finding a berth in the Pakistan World Cup squad, adding that he is performing well and his fitness is up to the mark thus PCB should consider him for the T20 World Cup squad.
“I still believe that I can be useful in the T20 format. I’m not thinking that I won’t play the [T20] World Cup, I’m still hopeful about featuring in the World Cup and giving my all. I have always performed to the best of my ability for my teammates and my team but I don’t like to create fuss. I just stick to one direction and give it my best shot. Whenever a young captain, young player and management has needed me, I have always been available,” he said.
The allrounder further revealed his discussion with Pakistan chief selector Mohammad Wasim. Malik said that the Pakistan management wants a dependable batsman at number 5 and they are considering Malik for the role.
“Then recently I had another discussion with him, in which I said to him that Pakistan team is currently struggling to find a suitable batsman at number five and I am available to bat at that number, to which he agreed and said that they are also thinking along the same lines. Now let’s see what happens, but it was a very good discussion and in a good environment. In our two discussions so far, he never said that I am not in their plans,” he concluded.
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