Shoaib Malik’s exclusion from the Pakistan squad was one of the topics of discussion.©AFP
Former Pakistani Captain Shoaib Malik said he had no problem with anyone, despite being overlooked for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. Malik played a vital role in Pakistan’s excellent run at the T20 World Cup last year, which ended in a semi-final loss to eventual champions Australia. His exclusion from the T20 World Cup squad has been one of the talking points, especially with Pakistan’s current middle order under the scanner. However, Malik said he has no problem with anyone while supporting the current team.
“My job is to play cricket whenever I get the chance. It’s up to the management of the team to pick me up or not. Whenever I get the chance, I’ll try to make the most of it. I don’t have a problem with anyone and I’m not against anyone because being positive has been one of the main reasons for the success of my career.” Malik was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.
Malik also spoke about his relationship with Babar Azamclaiming he was in constant contact with the Pakistani captain.
“We’ve always been in touch. Yes, before we talked more, but now he’s a skipper and you have to give him that space. I’ve been through that too and I didn’t put pressure on him, nor did I ever try to to convince him [to select me],” he added.
Pakistan will face arch-rivals India in their opening match of the T20 World Cup on October 23.
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