Muhammad Hafeez slams selectors for leaving Shoaib Malik out of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad | Cricket News

KARACHI: Former Pakistani captain muhammad hafeez lambasted national selectors for ignoring seasoned all-rounder Shoaib Malik for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
Hafeez said he advised Malik to retire after last year’s World Cup as he knew they would no longer be part of the Pakistan squad.
“I don’t even know if he’ll get a proper farewell now, which he should, given his 22 years of international cricket. Because as things stand after his recent tweet where he highlighted friendships , likes and dislikes in the team, many are unhappy with him,” Hafeez told CricketPakistan.
“Malik gave his best in Pakistan for about 21-22 years and maintaining his fitness standards for such a long time is absolutely remarkable.
“When I retired I told Malik to retire as well because I knew he wouldn’t be respected as that was obvious in my case as well. I had understood he wanted last stand, but cricket is cruel like that.”
Hafeez said that after the 2019 World Cup, he suggested management give Malik a farewell game.
“They didn’t take up my suggestion at all, not realizing his services, he should have had a game. Our management has always been lacking when it comes to saying goodbye to them,” he claimed .
Hafeez said if Malik had played in the World Cup, the team would have had a senior player.
“Don’t talk about how he can’t play cut or pull, remember he played cricket for 22 years so he didn’t play those shots? We have to understand; we have need good cricketers with whom we can make winning combinations whether he is 40 or 20,” he said.
Hafeez, who himself retired earlier this year from international cricket, described Pakistan’s selected hitters, Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah as one-dimensional actors.
“There is so much reliance on the top three and I would advise Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan now to show more intention in their approach in the upcoming matches,” he said.
“I have also said before that Babar and Rizwan are the number one pair for Pakistan. They have helped Pakistani cricket win and grow. But if there is anything both players can improve on, it is the intention.”
Hafeez further mentioned that Pakistan’s middle order failed in the Asian Cup because players like Khushdil and Asif don’t rely on building sleeves.
“Khushdil and Asif don’t rely on sleeve building and they’re very one-dimensional players. Khushdil has a strike rate (SR) of 110 and we consider him an international hitter and that’s not fair. We have to go at the bottom of it all, this situation,” he said.
“We have to ask ourselves if these players have the ability to absorb the pressure? Can they build a round if Babar and Rizwan go down early? We selected these players based on the fact that our first order takes time to s ‘install, which is ridiculous.”

Leave a Comment