Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik all set to bowl in the upcoming T20I series against Windies
Malik will have to take bowling responsibilities as Mohammad Hafeez will be missing from the team.
Published - Mar 31, 2018 1:42 pm | Updated - Mar 31, 2018 1:42 pm
Pakistani veteran Shoaib Malik used to play the role of a proper all-rounder in his initial years. However, with the great influx of spinning all-rounders in Pakistani team, Malik lost his opportunity with the ball in hand. After a long time, the fans will see Shoaib Malik bowl in the upcoming T20I series against the Windies.
After a long time, international cricket is returning to the cricket-starved nation of Pakistan. Windies have agreed to play 3 T20I matches in the nation of greats like Wasim Akram and Imran Khan. The Pakistani team is all pumped up and ready for April 1, when they take on Jason Mohammed’s men in Karachi. However, they’ll will miss the service of one of their prime players.
Another veteran, Mohammad Hafeez, who was banned from bowling by the International Cricket Council (ICC) because of his disputed action, will not be playing in the series. This means that Malik will have to take up bowling duties, and he is ready for the new challenge.
“I am definitely ready (to bowl). Since I have made a comeback into the national side, I have been bowling whenever I am needed. I also bowled in the PSL when my team needed me. I am available in whatever capacity my team and my captain needs me in. Whether as a batsman, bowler or a fielder,” said the owner of 25 T20I wickets, as quoted by Cricbuzz.
“I practice bowling a lot. I consider myself to be an all-rounder. The team management considers me to be an all-rounder,” the man from Sialkot, Punjab further added.
The five youngsters who remind Malik of the former Pakistani legends
A lot has been said about the young brigade of Pakistan, banking on whom the green shirts have undergone a renaissance. Speaking about the youngsters, Malik opined “Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, (Mohammad) Nawaz, Shadab Khan, and Fahim Ashraf remind me of those bygone cricketers (legends) whom I have played with. They have been given a consistent run which is embellishing their game. The newer ones also have that thing. We just have to support them, especially in their tough times.”