Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik was dropped from Asia Cup 2022 squad. Since then, there have been several speculations that the player is retiring from international cricket. However, Malik’s manager, Arsalan Shah, has rejected the rumours, saying that the cricketer is fit to represent Pakistan in future clashes.
Shah took it to Twitter and penned out to respond to people’s question if Shoaib Malik is retiring soon. He clarified to everyone that Malik, who has been donning a green jersey for more than two decades, is yet fit to play for Pakistan. Malik’s manager also stated to verify the news before publishing it publically.
Shoaib Malik’s manager confirms about veteran’s retirement
Attention: For all those asking #ShoaibMalik is not announcing his retirement. He is super fit and available to play for Pakistan. If & when he does, you will get to know. Please verify your resources & avoid spreading baseless rumours
– Attention: For all those asking #ShoaibMalik is not announcing his retirement, he is super fit and available to play for Pakistan.
— Arsalan H. SHAH (@arsalanhshah) August 16, 2022
There were similar rumours last year, and Malik had handled them, saying age is just a number and he has the potential to represent Pakistan for the upcoming editions of the World Cup. He made himself available for Asia Cup selection but was ignored by the board. Malik stated that he is not a liability and can perform on a high level.
The veteran also narrated that he has the ability to represent Pakistan in two more World Cups but does not want to be in the squad forcefully. As per his last month’s statements, he will be available if the team needs him or will retire with grace.
“As I said, I have clear and open communication with Babar. I have not made up my mind about the World Cup because I want to retire with respect. If Babar asks me to play, then I will play otherwise, I will step aside respectfully,”
He was optimistic about being part of the Asia Cup 2022 but was not considered by the selectors. Possibly, Malik was not being considered for the Asia Cup 2022 squad was his unavailability for the team throughout the year. He was last seen on the field in a T20I match versus Bangladesh in Mirpur in 2021. On the other hand, he played his last ODI against India in 2019, during the ICC World Cup 2019.
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