Malik appreciates PCB’s decision over not rewarding him central contract


Lahore: Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik has hailed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s decision for not adding him in the centrally contracted players along with senior all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.

“It was the best step taken by the PCB not to reward me and Hafeez the central contract because other players are more deserving than us. I fully back their decision that youngsters were given the priority,” Malik said in a presser at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

All-rounder said that not just him, every player gets angry over criticism and is also fully aware of his bad performances in the ICC World Cup 2019.

“I know my performances in the World Cup were not good and I was criticized heavily but I have left those things behind. In T20Is my exhibitions were good whenever the team was at number one spot,”

Selection of new players

Right-handed batsman appreciated new management led by former captain Misbah-ul-Haq decision of picking up new players and he has no complaints on why he was excluded from the side after the World Cup.

“It is acceptable that new management came and decided to select new players. Their aim was to play a well-balanced side and as far as I am concern, I am always positive and looking for a new opportunity to shine for Pakistan,”

Importance of Pakistan jersey

According to Malik, there is no importance of captaincy after wearing Pakistan attire as the priorities are the same for all of the players playing in the team.

“There is no significance of captaincy once you are handed over the jersey of Pakistan. The priorities are same and the focus should be to win matches for Pakistan by performing you assigned responsibilities,”

Retirement in T20Is

He said that he has not decided to take retirement from the T20I cricket but once the ICC T20 World Cup will be near, he will make the final decision.

“I said that I would sideline myself from ODI cricket after 2019 World Cup and the same thing have been announced to retire from T20 cricket after the T20 World but right now, I am enjoying my cricket all over the world and will decide to quit before the start of the mega competition,” he maintained.

The 37-year-old said that the Bangladesh team is strong and the competition will be competitive when they play each other from January 24 in the three-match T20I series in Lahore.