Focusing on Bangladesh, not T20 World Cup: Shoaib Malik

Pakistan veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik while talking to reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, said he is not carrying the ambition of representing Pakistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup rather he is focusing on the bilateral T20I series against Bangladesh.

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Malik said, “I don’t want to think about the World Cup. My selection is for the Bangladesh series and I want to avail every opportunity I get. What is in my hands is my performances that can benefit the team and I’ll focus on that. The youngsters in the team need to be groomed and that’s the priority.”

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The 37-year old veteran has been recalled for Pakistan’s conflicted home series against Bangladesh scheduled to start from 24th of this month.

Malik also pointed out his experience of playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) as one of advantages to get upper hand in the forthcoming bilateral series.

“I have recently played BPL and saw some of their youngsters, they made a good combination with the seniors. Their team is quite strong and their system is quite strong. Their side is well balanced,”

he said.

The experienced campaigner further assured about the security of his native land to roam and play, said Pakistan is as safe as any other countries in the world right now.

“In Pakistan, the security is such that you don’t get anywhere else in the world. Bangladesh players also asked and I told them that they should come and they will enjoy it. Our stadiums, people and media are very supportive and welcoming,” he added.

The first leg of the tour that consists of three match T20I series slated to take place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in 24, 25 and 27 respectively.

Bangladesh will also play a single Test and two one day international matches later in the year.

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