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The seventh version of the T20 World Cup is scheduled to start from 17th October within the UAE. Pakistan are in Group 2 alongside arch-rivals India, New Zealand, Afghanistan and two qualifier groups to be determined after the primary spherical.The Inexperienced-shirts will play their first recreation towards India on 24th. Tickets for the high-profile encounter offered out in simply two hours.

The PCB choice committee confronted criticism after the announcement of the World Cup squad for dropping veteran Shoab Malik, former skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, and quick younger bowler Shahnawaz Dhani, as they’ve accomplished effectively within the Nationwide T20 Cup.

The collection of Azam Khan and Sohaib Maqsood was criticised for his or her poor efficiency in the identical occasion. Within the first section, performed in Rawalpindi, Azam managed solely 35 runs from three matches at a median of 11.66, whereas Sohaib scored 42 runs in three matches, a median of 14 runs.

Malik has been one of many high performers of the event. Within the first 4 innings, he scored 180 runs during which he remained not out in three innings, thus having a median of 180. His strike charge was 159.29.

In a match towards Sindh, Malik single-handedly rescued Central Punjab, scoring 85 off 47 balls, hitting 5 sixes and eight fours. It earned him his 35th Participant-of-the-Match award, essentially the most by an Asian participant in T20 cricket. He surpassed Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who has 34 such awards.

Internationally, Malik is the fifth. West Indian grasp blaster Chris Gayle leads the chart with 60 awards. Former South African skipper AB de Villiers bought 42 awards.

Malik has performed 116 T20 Internationals, a file. He has scored 2335 runs, averaging 31.13.

Final yr, there was a disagreement on social media between former opener Ramiz Raja, who’s now PCB chairman, and Malik.

Ramiz suggested Malik and Muhammad Hafeez to retire from worldwide cricket to create house for children. Ramiz’s argument was that Pakistan had a superb pool of younger gamers and should transfer forward with them.

This was how Malik responded to Ramiz’s feedback on Twitter: “Sure, @iramizraja bhai agreed. Since all three of us are on the finish of our careers let’s retire gracefully collectively.”

Hafeez and Malik have insisted they nonetheless have loads of cricket left in them to signify Pakistan within the T20 World Cup. Each have stated that they may retire from all worldwide cricket after the mega T20 occasion this yr.

Each Hafeez and Malik had been recalled to the Pakistan crew for the T20 matches towards Bangladesh in February this yr, having remained on the sidelines because the ODI World Cup in England.

Malik made his T20 debut for Sialkot Stallions manner again in 2005. He has performed 441 T20s, and scored 67 fifties. He additionally has 152 wickets.

Malik retired from 50-overs cricket on the finish of the 2019 World Cup. Malik is likely one of the solely two cricketers at the moment taking part in who began their careers within the 1990s. The opposite is West Indies’ Chris Gayle.

The yr 2020 is the 21st successive yr during which Malik performed at the least one worldwide match.

In accordance with media experiences, Prime Minister Imran Khan is sad with the poor efficiency of a number of the gamers who’ve been chosen for the World Cup. Subsequently, there’s a likelihood that Malik and Sarfraz might be inducted.

If Gayle (42) and Hafeez (41) could be chosen for the mega-event, why not Malik, particularly when he’s in nice kind? If a senior participant performs persistently, it boosts the morale of the inexperienced gamers in strain conditions.

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