Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik is a Pakistani cricket player and former captain. He made his One-Day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh. He has taken over 100 ODI wickets, and has a batting average in the mid 30s in both Test and ODI cricket. His bowling action has come under scrutiny but he has had elbow surgery to correct this.
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Cricket-One Day International Australia v Pakistan line-ups
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Jan 22 (Gracenote) - Line-ups for the fourth One Day International between Australia and Pakistan on Sunday in Sydney, Australia Australia won toss and decided to bat Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (capt), Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan Referees: Chris Gaffaney (Umpire), Mick Martell (Umpire), Chettithody Shamshuddin (TV ...
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Pakistan wins 5th ODI to avoid series sweep for England
Yahoo News - 6 months
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik shared a 163-run partnership to give Pakistan a four-wicket victory in the fifth and final ODI on Sunday and deny England a series sweep.
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Pakistan's Shoaib Malik retires from Tests
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from Test cricket after he failed in the second innings of the third Test against England in Sharjah on Tuesday. The 33-year-old only made a comeback in the longer format of the game after five years in the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi, smashing a career-best 245. "I am retiring from Test cricket after this match," Malik told reporters.
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Lights go out on England’s push for dramatic win against Pakistan
Guardian (UK) - over 1 year
• Pakistan 523-8dec & 173; England, 598-9dec & 74-4,. Match drawn • Tourists denied by fading light after Adil Rashid prompts home collapse The first Test finished in the expected draw, that much is true. That the match ended in deepest dusk, the sun having long set over the Grand Mosque in the distance, with England hounding down the most unlikeliest of wins was as unexpected as if paddy fields had sprung up in the desert surrounding the Zayed Stadium. For four days the match had trundled along, seeing out its time. Only on the last day, when Adil Rashid became a Test match hero after suffering first-innings humiliation, was it resuscitated back to life. England had declared their first innings closed at 598 for nine, a lead of 75, useful enough to apply a little pressure on the Pakistan batting. Jimmy Anderson responded with two new-ball wickets, including the double centurion of the first innings, Shoaib Malik, for nought, there was a spectacularly efficient run-out of Moham ...
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Cricket comeback king Shoaib inspired by wife Sania title sweeps
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik said his sparkling double hundred against England was inspired by seeing his Indian wife Sania Mirza sweep to a series of tennis titles in 2015. Malik hit a career-best 245 to cap a remarkable return to Test cricket after five years on the sidelines and four days after Mirza clinched the China Open in Beijing alongside Martina Hingis. Now he is happily competing for bragging rights with his wife who this year has collected Grand Slam doubles titles with Hingis at Wimbledon and the US Open.
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Mirza wants to inspire girls across subcontinent
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Outside Bollywood films, Sania Mirza might be the only Indian success welcomed as warmly in neighboring Pakistan and the 28-year-old expects her doubles feats to inspire girls on both sides of the border to pick up a tennis racquet. Mirza has long been the face of the women's game in India and her high-profile cross-border wedding to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik five years ago placed her in a unique position. Malik's international career has stalled since his last one-day match two years ago, but Mirza last month became the first Indian to climb to the top after winning the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina, her third successive title partnered with Martina Hingis. "We both are very active, still playing and it's great if it can inspire not just people in India and Pakistan but hopefully girls can pick up tennis racquets in the whole subcontinent, really think that sports can be a career option.
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Razzaq snubbed from preliminary T20 squad
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
KARACHI:  Just a day after showing his availability, senior all-rounder Abdul Razzaq failed to find his place in Pakistan’s 30-man preliminary squad announced for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20. Razzaq said on Sunday that he had regained fitness and was looking forward to being a part of team. However, the selection committee wasn’t impressed with his performance during his comeback against South Africa in the UAE. In contrast, hopes revived for Kamran Akmal after his inclusion in the list, following some decent performances in domestic cricket.“Kamran can be used as an opener,” an official close to the selection committee told The Express Tribune. “He has good batting credentials.” The selectors have also inducted all-rounder Zohaib Ahmed following a good run. Illyas becomes PCB’s chief selector? It has been learnt that former Test cricketer Mohammad Illyas returned as the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chief selector. While the Board ...
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Cricket-Pakistan recall Razzaq, Malik for Dubai T20s
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Pakistan recalled veteran allrounders Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik on Tuesday for the team's two Twenty20 internationals against South Africa in Dubai next week. Razzaq, 33, made a comeback exactly after a year, having last played in the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka. Former captain Malik, 31, returns to the national team since being dropped after the Champions Trophy in England this year. Dubai hosts the Twenty20 matches on Nov 13 and 15.
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Razzaq deserves another chance
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
Soon after their dismal performance at the ICC Champions Trophy, many senior cricketers were dropped and hence, they embarked on a mission to try and make a comeback to the national team. The likes of former captain Shoaib Malik and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, instantly turned to their respective departments at the Ramazan Twenty20 events to win back the selectors’ faith. Although these players are capable of shining in the domestic circuit, I strongly feel they shouldn’t return to the national team until and unless they show outstanding performances with consistency. Their comebacks in the past were based on a single season of ... Read Full Post
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Malik, Kamran out, Afridi in for Windies tour
Fox News - over 3 years
Pakistan Wednesday axed former captain Shoaib Malik, wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and opener Imran Farhat for this month's limited-overs series in the West Indies, but dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi was back in the team. Selectors made four changes in the one-day team which crashed out of last month's eight-nation Champions Trophy in England, losing all three games due to sloppy batting. Malik managed just 25 runs in the three matches, Kamran scored 23 in the same number and Farhat scored four in two. Pakistan failed to cross the 170-mark in any of their games. Pakistan will play five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals in the Caribbean, with the first one-day match in Guyana on July 14. Misbah-ul Haq will lead the one-day team while Mohammad Hafeez will skipper the Twenty20 side. Chief selector Iqbal Qasim said the 16-man one-day and 15-member T20 squads were selected after discussion with the team management. "We have selected separate squads after consultation wit ...
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India’s cricket victory
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
The thrilling five-run victory of world champions India over hosts England in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy, marks yet another triumph for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who now holds the unique distinction of captaining his team to wins in the World Twenty20, the World Cup, as well as leading the side to the number one position in Tests and One-Day Internationals. While the final in Birmingham initially threatened to be washed out following persistent rain throughout the day, a 20-overs-per-side game was accommodated in the end. The victory highlighted the strengths of this young, fearless Indian team — the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and a great self-belief, which enables it to stage comebacks from impossible situations. Here, our team management and selectors can learn a thing or two from our next-door neighbours. Till not too long ago, the Indian team was burdened by the presence of senior stalwarts like Virender Se ...
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PCB, it’s time to let go of the old and invest in the young!
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
PCB’s approach seems to be:  “Live in the moment. Forget the past and don’t concern yourself with the future”.  The future is what the PCB is not looking at and after the recent defeat against India there is a massive cry to rid the team of senior players who have now become a liability. The men under the PCB radar are; Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat. Shoaib Malik made his ODI debut in 1999 at Sharjah. He has played 216 ODIs and has scored 5490 runs at an average of 32.6. The significant thing is that he made his last half century ... Read Full Post
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Sania Mirza, Shoaib Malik to shake a leg in Nach Baliye
Bollywood Mantra - over 4 years
Tennis Star Sania Mirza and her husband Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik are likely to be a part of dance show Nach Baliye.
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Will Sania and Shoaib dance in Nach Baliye?
The Times Of India - over 4 years
Tennis player Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik have been approached to participate in the dance reality show Nach Baliye.
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WorldT20: Jamshed leads Pakistan to 149-6 against Australia
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
COLOMBO: Nasir Jamshed hit 55 off 46 balls to steer Pakistan to 149-6 against Australia in a key group two Super Eights match of the World Twenty20 in Colombo on Tuesday. The left-hander smashed four boundaries and two sixes after Pakistan, who were sent in to bat on a slow pitch at the Premadasa stadium, had lost the openers by the sixth over. Jamshed put on 79 off 55 balls for the third wicket with Kamran Akmal, who made 32 before both batsmen were dismissed in the space of three deliveries. Abdul Razzaq marked his return to the side in place of Yasir Arafat to make 22 from 17 balls. Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc claimed 3-20 for Australia, who will advance to the semi-finals with their third successive win. The second semi-finalist from the group will be decided only after the India-South Africa game later on Tuesday. Both Pakistan and India have one win each from two games, while South Africa lost both their matches. Pakistan c ...
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T20 order: Crazy, inconsistent but spot on!
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
Introducing our current playing XI (not in order), Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal. People may criticise Pakistan for being way too inconsistent, but it’s about time we embraced our moments of madness. Here’s what our top, middle, lower and bowling orders are, my critique and what I think could work better for us. Top order: Pakistan has four openers in the playing XI which could be a blessing in disguise. Losing early wickets is our habit so it wouldn’t hurt to have Nasir Jamshed coming in ... Read Full Post
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World Twenty20: Pakistan defeat New Zealand by 13 runs
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
PALLEKELE: Pakistan beat New Zealand by 13 runs in an exciting finish to their Group D World Twenty20 match at Pallekele stadium. Pakistan scored 177-6 in their 20 overs before restricting New Zealand to 164-9 in their 20 overs. Nasir Jamshed top-scored with 56 while Saeed Ajmal finished with 4-30. Earlier in the first inning, Nasir Jamshed hit a maiden half-century to guide Pakistan to a challenging 177-6. The 22-year-old left-hander made a 35-ball 56 and added 76 for the second wicket with skipper Mohammad Hafeez (43) after Pakistan opted to bat under bright sunshine at Pallekele stadium. Jamshed hit two boundaries and four sixes as Pakistan plundered 92 off the first ten overs. Hafeez hit two fours and two sixes off 38 balls. Pakistan raced to 47 by the sixth over with Imran Nazir hitting five boundaries during his rapidfire 16-ball 25 before he gave a return catch to Tim Southee, who finished with 2-31. Jamshed was aggressive from the ...
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CORRECTION Sri Lanka ICC Cricket T20 WCup
Yahoo News - over 4 years
CORRECTS IDENTITY OF THE CRICKETER - Pakistan's cricketer Shoaib Malik gestures to his teammate before bowling in the nets during a training session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match against New Zealand in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shoaib Malik
  • 2015
    Age 33
    On 3 November 2015, he announced his retirement from Test cricket and says his focus is to play in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Shoaib Malik has taken over 100 ODI wickets, and has a batting average in the mid 30s in both Test and ODI cricket. His bowling action has come under scrutiny (particularly his doosra) but he has had elbow surgery to correct this. Malik was ranked second, behind teammate Shahid Afridi, in the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings in June 2008. In March 2010, Malik received a one-year ban from international cricket from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB); the ban was overturned two months later.
    Shoaib Malik is captain of the Sialkot Stallions. He has led them to a record 8 domestic T20 titles with the most recent coming on 18 May 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Shoaib Malik was appointed the captain of the Karachi kings in the first PSL tournament. His team under his captaincy won only two matches in the whole tournament which also effected his own performance. In the last match, he handed over the captaincy to Ravi Bopara and appeared as a player in the match. Notes Bibliography
  • 2010
    Age 28
    On 12 April 2010, Malik married international Indian tennis player Sania Mirza in an Islamic wedding ceremony at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad, India followed by Pakistani wedding customs for a mahr of 6.1 million (US$137,500).
    More Details Hide Details Their Walima ceremony was held in Lahore, Pakistan.
    He was subsequently named in the 2010 Asia Cup squad, and as a result, Malik pulled out of his contract with Lancashire.
    More Details Hide Details Pakistan did not make the final of the four-team tournament, and Malik played in two matches, amassing 47 runs. Mailk was in Pakistan's squad to play Australia and England in England in June–August 2010, but was dropped from the side. A regular in the ODI side, over the previously 12 months he had averaged around 30 with the bat in ODIs, and excluding one score over 50, his batting average hovered around 20. Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's chairman of selectors, cited Malik's poor recent form as the reason for dropping him. According to Cricinfo's Osman Samiuddin: Malik is regarded as a flexible player. He is capable of hitting big shots but is also capable of rotating the strike with good placement. He has a strike rate of 80.4 runs per 100 balls, which compares favourably to players such as Rahul Dravid and Inzamam ul-Haq. His most brazen display of "power hitting" came in 2003 against South Africa when he scored 82 from 41 balls. As is required of most modern players, he also has displayed good defensive batting at times. With Shoaib Malik Pakistan has become only country to have three batsman in T20I who have scored more than 1,500 runs. These are Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik.
    On 29 May 2010, Malik's ban was overturned and his Rs 2 million fine halved.
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    In March 2010, Shoaib Malik was given a one-year ban from the national team by the PCB, who charged him for infighting within the team.
    More Details Hide Details It was part of a dramatic cull of players after Pakistan's winless tour of Australia, resulting in the fining or banning of seven players. Two months later Lancashire County Cricket Club approached Malik to play for them during Twenty20 Cup. He agreed, saying "When Lancashire approached me to come and play for them I didn't hesitate in saying yes. I love playing cricket in England and the opportunity to play with a club of Lancashire's reputation was too good to pass up".
  • 2009
    Age 27
    Younis Khan took over as captain on 27 January 2009 after a poor performance against Sri Lanka saw Malik step down.
    More Details Hide Details In his two-year tenure as captain, Malik led his country in three Tests, losing two and drawing one, and 36 ODIs, of which Pakistan won 24, and 17 T20Is, winning 12.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    Malik was appointed captain on 19 April 2007 by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), his experience considering his relatively young age and consistent performances were cited as other reasons for his appointment.
    More Details Hide Details At the age of just 25, he was Pakistan's fourth youngest captain. In Malik's first series as captain, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka 2–1 in an ODI series in Abu Dhabi. His next assignments were home Test and ODI series against South Africa, which Pakistan lost 1–0 and 3–2 respectively. 3–2 was the score in favour of India when Pakistan subsequently played an ODI series against their arch-rivals. Malik hit 89 and took three wickets in the final match, which Pakistan won by 31 runs. Malik's captaincy lasted two years. A report by the coach and manager criticised his leadership, claiming that Malik was "a loner, aloof and involved in his own little world, which is OK but not when the team required a fully committed captain We do not see any meaningful communication between players and captain other than his five-minute talk during the team meeting".
    Following Inzamam-ul-Haq's resignation as Pakistan captain after the 2007 World Cup, Malik was put forward as one of the names for the captaincy along with Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf.
    More Details Hide Details After Younus Khan's rejection, Malik was the popular choice as a younger player and was seen to represent a fresh start after the Inzamam era. Pakistan's coach, Bob Woolmer, was a strong advocate of Malik's case to become captain; in Woolmer's opinion Malik was "the sharpest tactical tack among his group... a real presence on the field". Former skipper Imran Khan also backed Malik for the role, stating "He appears to have a good cricket brain and could turn out to be a very good choice for Pakistan cricket".
  • 2006
    Age 24
    In Test cricket, he made a big impression with his match-saving innings against Sri Lanka in 2006, during which he batted for the whole day and finished with 148 runs not out.
    More Details Hide Details His bowling has been effective at times, especially in one-day cricket where his best bowling figures are four wickets for 19 runs (4/19) in addition to many 3-wicket hauls. On the international stage Malik struggled in England. In 12 ODIs across four tours between 2001 and 2006 he scored 98 runs at an average of 8.16, with just two scores above 20, far below his career ODI average of 34.35. Of players who have played at least eight ODIs in England, Malik's is the furthest below his overall average.
  • 2004
    Age 22
    He was also given a one-Test ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board after admitting to deliberately losing a Twenty20 match for the Sialkot Stallions against Karachi Zebras to knock Lahore Eagles out of the 2004–05 ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup.
    More Details Hide Details The inquiry concluded that the incident "damaged Pakistan's cricketing image and had shown disrespect to the crowd", but that "his actions were not part of any match-fixing with no financial implications, but were an immature attempt to express his disappointment at earlier decisions in the competition that he felt went against his side". During his Test career, Malik has batted at 5 different positions and has the unusual record of batting at every position except 11th in ODIs. Pakistan's problems in finding a reliable opening pair have led to Malik being used as an opener in Test and ODI matches.
    In October 2004, Malik was reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for having a "potentially flawed bowling action"; eight months later, his action was cleared.
    More Details Hide Details In the intervening period, Malik was used mainly as a batsman.
    He sufficiently impressed in two County Championship and three one-day matches that resulted in renewing of his contract for the 2004 season.
    More Details Hide Details Mark Alleyne, the club's head coach, remarked that "Shoaib did very well for us last year in the short time he was with us and fitted in very well. He is a gifted all-rounder who is worthy of a place in either discipline and as a 21-year-old, he can only get better and I am really pleased at having him in my sq­". Over the course of his two seasons at Gloucestershire, Malik played eight first-class matches, scoring 214 runs at an average of 17.83 with two fifties and taking 15 wickets at an average of 45.06, with best bowling figures of 3/76. He also played twelve one-day matches, scoring 345 runs at an average of 43.12 with three fifties and taking 10 wickets at an average of 47.60, with best bowling figures of 3/28.
  • 2003
    Age 21
    Malik was approached by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in July 2003 to act as a replacement for Ian Harvey, who was on international duty with Australia.
    More Details Hide Details John Bracewell, the club's director of cricket, commented that he was "excited by the prospect of signing an international spinning all-rounder to replace Ian during the Cheltenham Festival and the C&G semi-finals. He will add a new and refreshing dimension to the sq­... which is in keeping with our playing philosophy to both win and entertain".
  • 2001
    Age 19
    In an One Day International (ODI) match against England in June 2001, Malik suffered a fractured right shoulder after falling awkwardly while attempting to take a catch.
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    In May 2001, Malik's bowling action was inspected.
    More Details Hide Details The PCB group of bowling advisers concluded that his stock off-spinner was legal, although his delivery going the other way was not. He was encouraged to concentrate on his off-spin and to practice bowling his other delivery without bending his arm.
  • 1999
    Age 17
    He made his One-Day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh.
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  • 1996
    Age 14
    In 1996, Malik attended trials for the U-15 World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details He was selected in the sq­ for his bowling.
  • 1993
    Age 11
    Shoaib Malik first played tape-ball cricket in the streets as a child. He began playing cricket seriously in 1993/94 when he attended Imran Khan's coaching clinics in Sialkot.
    More Details Hide Details He began as a batsman, and developed his bowling later. He used to get in trouble with his family for playing cricket, as they wanted him to focus on his education.
  • 1982
    Age 0
    Born on February 1, 1982.
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