Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik has expressed his desire to make a comeback to the Pakistani side. The 41-year-old has been seen giving his expert views on the Pakistani cricket team during the ODI World Cup 2023 tournament.
The Pakistani team failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup 2023 tournament. The next big challenge for the men in green is the 2024 T20 World Cup which is to be held in the West Indies and USA.
In 2025, Pakistan is also set to host the Champions Trophy tournament. The coming few years are set to be a huge challenge for the Pakistani team with loads of tournaments lined up.
Shoaib Malik wants to break Chris Gayle’s record
Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik wants to make a comeback to the Pakistani national side and play the 2024 T20 World Cup. The 41-year-old last played for Pakistan in 2021 against Bangladesh.
I am not playing cricket because I wanted to represent Pakistan in T20 World Cup 2024, If they want me then I want clarity, I wanted to break Chris Gayle record for the most runs in T20 cricket: Shoaib Malik pic.twitter.com/7dhFCpCTJA— ٰImran Siddique (@imransiddique89) November 13, 2023
Speaking to the media, Shoaib Malik said “My goal is to score around 2000 runs to go past Chris Gayle to become the best player in T20 cricket. I am open to play but clarity is needed. I am not playing cricket to represent Pakistan in the 2024 T20 World Cup. I play the game because I enjoy it. There is no problem of fitness,”
Shoaib Malik was the skipper when Pakistan lost to India in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup. Two years later Malik was part of the team which won the 2009 T20 World Cup under Younis Khan. In 2021, Shoaib Malik was part of the team which reached the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup in UAE.
The 41-year-old has played 124 T20I games scoring 2435 runs with a best of 75 which is one of his 9 T20 fifties. With the ball he has picked 28 wickets with a best of 2/7 with an economy rate of 7.1 runs per over.
Here’s how the fans reacted:
Shoaib Malik said, "I'm still playing and if Pakistan want me in the 2024 World Cup, I want clarity. I want to break Chris Gayle's record of most runs in the T20s". pic.twitter.com/oMRmnoHNOe— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 13, 2023
Nice joke 🤣🤣— Curly Jeevi (@curlykrazy07) November 13, 2023
🤣🤣🤣— Sunny 😎 (@being_sunny1) November 13, 2023
Bhai that is not breaking Chris Gayle’s record, that is called breaking record of Shamelessness of forcefully playing 🤣🤣
They don’t want World Cup, they want these unwanted records— Manu (@virat_facts) November 13, 2023
Pakistan players and their obsession with personal records 🤣 pic.twitter.com/vHnjuthX3x— TEJASH 🚩 (@LoyleRohitFan) November 13, 2023
Babar after reaching to Pakistan... pic.twitter.com/SX8uzdPzsu— Guddu (@nammu_92) November 13, 2023
Le Chris Gayle to Malik: Baith jaa pic.twitter.com/DUjeAWBcGH— Sarcastic Cowboy (@SarcasticCowboy) November 13, 2023
His time is over ..PCB should not entertain him..they should look for new talent and invest .He is the past and has not achieved anything for Pakistan— Sujeet Suman (@sujeetsuman1991) November 13, 2023