Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik is once again in the spotlight, this time for bowling three consecutive no-balls in a recently concluded match of the Bangladesh Premier League. As a consequence of this controversial performance, and amid other issues including his recent divorce, the former Pakistan skipper's contract with the BPL has been terminated.
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik's contract in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) has been terminated amid match-fixing allegations. While playing for Fortune Barishal against Khulna Tigers, Malik bowled three no-balls in an over, sparking suspicions of potential match-fixing. Despite reaching the milestone of becoming the first Asian player to score 13,000 T20 runs, Malik's unusual actions during the match left both his team and fans astonished.
Fortune Barishal captain Tamim Iqbal decided to introduce Shoaib Malik in the powerplay, but the spinner disappointed by bowling three consecutive no-balls. In modern cricket, no-balls are uncommon due to the free-hit rule, and bowlers are typically cautious about overstepping the line. The occurrence of a spinner delivering three consecutive no-balls raised suspicions of potential match-fixing. Malik was recently in the news after he got married for the third time to actress Sana Javed, ending his marriage with Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.
Shoaib Malik's BPL contract has been terminated over suspicion 'match fixing' case after his 3 No Balls.pic.twitter.com/8wdYKCZhEl
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 26, 2024
Shoaib Malik left Bangladesh Premier League 2024 midway
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, who played for Fortune Barishal in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2024 before this news about his termination came out had purportedly left for Dubai after participating in three matches. Malik's final appearance for Fortune Barishal occurred on January 23 against the Comilla Victorians, where he scored 7 runs and did not bowl.
In his earlier performances, he remained unbeaten in two matches. Reports are suggesting that Pakistan batter Ahmed Shehzad might be considered as a replacement for Shoaib Malik in the Fortune Barishal squad for the remaining matches of the tournament. The fans took the social media after the incident and trolled him for the recent happening that is going on with the veteran Pakistan batter. This league was essential for Malik as the T20 World Cup is scheduled to start in June.