Experts believe the Pakistan squad for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England is a young group being led by a young captain.
However, the selection committee has not ignored the importance of having an experienced player within an emerging squad and thus included former skipper Shoaib Malik, who is a leader by nature.
Champion’s Trophy, a short tournament, will require consistency from teams who aspire to win it. Malik adds that consistency to the Pakistan batting line-up.
The right-hander has maintained an average of almost 40 since he announced his comeback in the national side with a quickfire century against Zimbabwe at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore in May 2015.
Malik, with frequent scores of 50 plus since his comeback, has a habit of performing when the teams needs him the most.
The consistency, experience and form makes Malik a reliable option for Sarfraz Ahmed in the batting department and in the bowling attack too.
The 35-year-old can bowl decent off-spin to release pressure off the main bowlers when needed.