Pakistan Cricket has gone through a lot recently. After suffering a shocking loss in the finals of Asia Cup 2022 by a rejuvenated Sri Lankan cricket team, Pakistan Cricket Board is facing flak from its own cricket fraternity over the team's selection for the T20 World Cup in Australia.
The likes of Shoaib Akhtar and Shahid Afridi recently expressed their dissatisfaction over the team's selection and one of them went a few miles ahead by terming the World Cup selection as an 'average call by an average selector.' While Shaheen Shah Afridi's return to the squad brought smiles to many Pakistan cricket fans, selectors completely ignored the veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik from the squad despite a lot of speculations of the cricketer's possible return.
Meanwhile, Malik recently questioned the selector's decision after the Asia Cup debacle as he tweeted, "When will we come out from friendship, liking and disliking culture. Allah always helps the hones."
And now as per a fresh report, former Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez has slammed the selectors for ignoring Shoaib Malik and cited his rich experience on the international stage and top-notch fitness as reasons to have him in the team.
"Malik gave his best to Pakistan for about 21-22 years and maintaining your fitness standard for that long is absolutely remarkable. When I took my retirement, I suggested Malik to bid goodbye to the game because I had this feeling that he will not be respected," Hafeez told the Cricket Pakistan channel.
Notably, Hafeez retired from international cricket earlier this year and played his last game in the T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE.
Hafeez further slammed Malik's critics by underlining that the latter would have provided a great balance in the middle order if the top order failed.
"Don’t talk about that he cannot play cut or pull. He played for 22 years still people are questioning his abilities. We need to understand; we need proper cricketers with whom we can make winning combination whether he is 40 or 20," Hafeez added.
The ex-cricketer also expressed his doubt on whether Shoaib Malik will get a farewell match.