Malik does not deserve a farewell match: Akram
Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram reckons that the current batting all-rounder Shoaib Malik, who will call it quits after the ongoing World Cup 2019 tournament, can only be given a farewell dinner and not a “farewell match”.
Malik had last year suggested that he will walk away from ODI cricket after the summer’s showpiece event, England and Wales.
“Of course, he had announced that he will retire after the World Cup. Unfortunately, it has not ended on a high note. I think he deserved to end his career on a high as he has done a lot for Pakistan cricket,” said Wasim Akram while speaking to a Pakistani journalist.
“He did not play many matches in the World Cup. He got out twice on duck, but this can happen to any player. We should always remember his services as he has won Pakistan many matches. He is a nice guy, so let’s send him a nice farewell, for once. I know he could not perform in this World Cup, but he has performed over the years for Pakistan,” he added.
No farewell match but we can organise a farewell dinner for Malik: Akram
When asked if Shoaib Malik deserved a farewell match in his last colours for Pakistan, Akram had some interesting words for Malik. Before that he wanted to express clearly that this is not club cricket and once can’t expect a farewell match but there is an alternative to satisfy player and that is farewell dinner.
“This is not club cricket where you can ask a player to play a one-day match. We can rather organise a farewell dinner for him,” Akram added.
The 37-year-old veteran Malik played just three matches for Pakistan in the ongoing World Cup, scoring just 8 runs including two ducks in the competition.
Shoaib Malik faced a lot of flak after Pakistan’s loss to India at Edgbaston on June 16. A video which went viral on social media claimed that Malik and few other Pakistani cricketers were enjoying by throwing a party on the night prior to the intriguing match against arch-rivals India.
Nonetheless, Malik dismissed allegations, clarifying that was sad for him to talk about personal life after serving Pakistan cricket for more than 2 decades.