3 Reasons Why Pakistan’s Think Tank Should Not Wait for Shoaib Malik to Retire

Shoaib Malik to retire, Shoaib Malik Returns Home, Central Contract With PCB
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Pakistan’s ongoing tour to the New Zealand has turned out to be a total disaster. There are many reasons that can be held responsible for the debacle. However, the stand out factor has to be the dismal performance of senior players.

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Shoaib Malik then, is one of those senior players who has failed to deliver when it mattered the most and so, I’m forced to explain why Pakistan’s think tank should not wait for Malik to retire. Pakistan Cricket Board should not give a second thought and discard him whenever they announce the squad for an ODI (One Day International) series next.

Does Not Perform During Difficult Tours
Shoaib Malik back to the pavilion
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Pakistan’s difficult tours during the period from May, 2016 to January, 2018 include the tours to England, Australia, the ICC Champion’s Trophy and the recently concluded 5 match ODI series in New Zealand. Shoaib Malik, despite being the senior most player in the team, scored only one half century and that too during the last ODI against England in 2016!

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Now that Malik has failed so many times against tough opponents and in difficult conditions; Pakistan is better off picking and developing a youngster for the future who at most will fail to deliver and whose figures abroad in the worst case scenario will be no different from Malik’s!

Does Not Bowl Any More
Shoaib Malik
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While justifying his selection, selectors often talk about Malik’s ability to bowl off-spin. Well! For a start he rarely bowls these days and to make matters worse he never really delivers whenever the captain throws the ball at him. Thus, his bowling abilities neither matter nor provide a rationale for him to be in the squad.

Disturbs the Team Balance
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Sarfaraz Ahmed was asked to bat at number 5 during the tour to England in 2016. The wicket-keeper cum batsman performed pretty well and provided the much needed stability to Pakistan’s middle-order. However, soon he was pushed down the order to accommodate Shoaib Malik. The move in the long run resulted in disturbing the over-all balance of the playing eleven.

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Moreover, Malik’s presence has also resulted in blocking the way in the middle order for youngsters like Harris Sohail (a batting all-rounder) and Imad Wasim (a bowling all-rounder).

If Pakistan is to lose in England and Australia 4-1 and in New Zealand 5-0 then, surely the men in green can do away with what Rameez Raja called, “Dead wood,” and allow youngsters a better opportunity before the next world cup begins in England in a year’s time.


  1. Well i do not agree with you one bit on this one. I think if someone needs to retire its Mohammad Hafeez. i still believe malik is a good utility player, he a good fielder he can hit the ball at his own will and he can certainly bowl its just that the camp has no confidence in him. in ODIs maybe he soon will be a burden but to be honest in t20s he has a very major role in the team. He participates in almost all the t20 leagues in the world. i think he still has a lot of cricket in him.

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