Shoaib Malik to play first Test since 2010

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Shoaib Malik

Pakistan’s veteran star all-rounder Shoaib Malik has made it to the Pakistan Test team for the first time in five years, after he played his last match in 2010. Malik was announced as the 16th member of the Pakistan Test squad which is set to face England in the UAE. Shoaib Malik’s recent run of form in the T20s and ODIs against Zimbabwe prompted the Pakistan management to request his inclusion in the UAE series. He also joins the side to provide an extra bowling option after the Bilal Asif situation is too young to have its outcome predicted yet.

Intikhab Alam, Pakistan team’s manager filed an official request to the selectors committee to get Shoaib Malik included for the series. A press release from the Pakistan Cricket board stated and confirmed that both chief selector and team coach Waqar Younis approved the idea of Malik joining the boys against England.

Chief Selector Haroon Rashid, while speaking to the media, addressed:

“Following Intikhab Alam’s request, I spoke with my fellow selectors and there was unanimity over retaining Malik keeping in mind his current batting form and the off-spin bowling option that could be handy in the all-important forthcoming Test series against England,”

Malik returned to International cricket in a home series against Zimbabwe back in May. That was Malik’s first International series after a 2 year break Since the May series against Zimbabwe, Malik has averaged 100 in ODIs, scoring a total of 500 runs, which included a century. He has also starred in 6 T20 internationals and has managed a decent 118 overall. These figures tell that 2015 has not just been the year of his return, but the year in which he has seemed to rediscover the Shoaib Malik of old, within himself.

Malik most recently stole the show in the second ODI against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club. He scored an unbeaten 50, and was 96 not out when play was called off due to bad light. Zimbabwe were declared victorious via D/L method.

Test Record as Batsman:

Matches: 32
Innings: 54
Runs: 1606
Average: 33.45
Highest Score: 148*
Strike Rate: 44.40
Centuries: 2
50s: 8

Test Record as Bowler:

Matches: 32
Innings: 37
Balls: 2245
Wickets: 21
Best figures: 4 wickets for 42 runs
Average: 61.47

The England series will be a 3 Match Test series which will kick off with its first game at Abu Dhabi on October, the 13th. The second Test would be played at Sharjah form October 22nd, followed by the third and final test, which will be played from November 1st at Sharjah.



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