Came to know I will lead Pakistan after I reached stadium: Malik
Pakistan stand-in captain Shoaib Malik was not even aware before entering the stadium that the responsibility to lead Pakistan in the fourth ODI against South Africa is coming into his shoulders.
Just before few hours of the start of the fourth ODI, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Sarfraz Ahmed has been banned for four International matches for making a racist comment against the opposite team player Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI against South Africa.
And the Pakistan management had to name the new skipper right in the dying moments and Malik revealed in the post-match press conference that he got to know that he will lead the side after entering the ground.
“I got to know that I will be captaining when we got to the ground. he decision [to suspend Sarfraz Ahmed for his racially charged remarks] came this morning. I am not aware about the other matters [regarding the incident]. I took over the charge just before the start of the game. My responsibility is to fulfill whatever my cricket board and team management demand from me,” he said.
But Malik and his men showed a tremendous performance as they became the first team to beat South Africa in Pink ODIs. However, the skipper is disappointed for losing the third ODI from a winning position.
“Of course, when a game slips away from your hand it frustrates you. But, the goal should be to give your best shot and that’s what we had in our minds when we arrived at the ground today. I must highlight that the bowlers were exceptional and they set the tone. And then, the batsmen delivered,” he concluded.
The fifth and the final ODI is expected to be a cracker after Pakistan leveled the series 2-2. The visitors now eye heir second consecutive bilateral series win over South Africa in South Africa.