NZ vs PAK: Only selectors can answer why I am not with the national team in New Zealand, says Shoaib Malik


Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik’s name was left out of the combined squad that the Pakistan Cricket Board announced for the New Zealand tour, earlier in November

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shoaib Malik is currently in Sri Lanka playing for the Jaffna Stallions in the Lanka Premier League
  • The veteran batsman said that there had been ‘no communication’ from the selectors in Pakistan
  • Malik was not included in the jumbo 35-member squad announced for the tour of New Zealand

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who is currently in Sri Lanka playing for the Jaffna Stallions in the Lanka Premier League, has said that he has no idea why he was not picked for the national team that is currently under quarantine in New Zealand.

The veteran batsman went on to say that there had been ‘no communication’ from the selectors in Pakistan regarding his exclusion from the team for the tour.

“If I am not part of the national team, only the chief selector can answer this, I have no idea. There wasn’t any communication from them but of course I don’t want to go into the negative side and just stay positive,” Shoaib Malik told PTI during a virtual interaction facilitated by the Lanka Premier League (LPL).

In November, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced a combined squad for the tour of New Zealand. However, Malik, who now plays only T20 format, was missing from the jumbo 35-member group.

The Pakistan squad in New Zealand has been in trouble ever since arriving there with as many as eight players testing positive for the coronavirus. The team has not been allowed to train so far because of the number of cases.

No intention of retiring anytime soon, says Malik

Shoaib Malik has played 35 Test, 287 ODIs and 116 T20Is for Pakistan and said that he was happy to play in LPL 2020.

“I have a great opportunity in my hands that is the Lanka Premier League and my total focus is on the league and I don’t want to focus on where I’m not present. I have played enough cricket and I feel whatever you have in your hand you should focus on that,” Shoaib said.

The batsman also reiterated that he has no intentions of retiring anytime soon.

“I have no intentions of retiring from this format so far but let’s see how it goes,” Malik added.



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