KARACHI: Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam and chief selector Mohammad Wasim are not on the same page regarding the selection of veteran cricketer Shoaib Malik in the T20I side.
According to a local publication, Babar wants Malik in the T20I side as he thinks he can solve the middle-order batting issue of the team. Whereas, Wasim doesn’t want to include an aged player like Malik in the team ahead of T20 World Cup.
The publication further claimed while citing their sources that Wasim didn’t further respond to Babar on his request.
It must be noted here that the national team has been marred by middle-order batting issues this year. Only Fakhar Zaman, apart from Babar and Mohammad Rizwan, has a fifty in T20Is for Pakistan.
Malik (354 runs) was the fourth-highest run-scorer in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He also proved his mettle at this stage in the recently concluded Kashmir Premier League (KPL) by scoring 240 runs in seven matches.