All-rounder Shoaib Malik rejoins the national team in England after a 10-day break owing to personal reasons.
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik will be available for selection for the second One-Day International against England. The match begins on Saturday, 11th May.
Pakistan Cricket Team's all rounder Shoaib Malik has joined the squad in Southampton. He will take part in today's training session with the team. Shoaib Malik will be available for second One Day International against England. @TheRealPCB @realshoaibmalik #PAKvENG pic.twitter.com/D2qr9oUkvW
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A 10-day leave was granted to the former captain, on April 29. However, the Board did not give any reason for doing this.
Earlier the Board had said: “The Pakistan cricket team management has given leave to Shoaib Malik so that he can return home to deal with a domestic issue. He is expected to rejoin the team in 10 days’ time.”
Shoaib Malik will rejoin the Pakistan cricket team in Southampton on Thursday and will be available for selection for the second One-Day International against England to be played on Saturday, 11 May.
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The 37-year-old is the senior most player in Pakistan’s 15-member World Cup squad. He has the experience of nearly 300 ODIs and over 100 T20 internationals to his name.
Shoaib Malik made his One Day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh. On 3 November 2015, he announced his retirement from Test cricket to focus on 2019 Cricket World Cup.
On 2 July 2018, he became the first male cricketer to play 100 T20Is.
Shoaib Malik has taken over 150 ODI wickets, and has a batting average in the mid 30s in both Test and ODI cricket. His bowling action has come under scrutiny (particularly his doosra) but he has had elbow surgery to correct this. In the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings in June 2008, Malik’s rank was second, behind teammate Shahid Afridi.
He remains a pivotal figure in the Pakistan squad and his experience would come in handy during the 2019 Cricket World Cup as Pakistan has decided to take a lot of youngsters.