Malik to reunite with Pakistan squad after 10-day break
Pakistan veteran batsman Shoaib Malik will rejoin his team in England on Thursday following a 10-day break due to personal reasons, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a press release, said on Tuesday.
“Shoaib Malik will rejoin the Pakistan cricket team in Southampton on Thursday and will be available for selection for the second One-Day International against England to be played on Saturday, 11 May,” the PCB said in a statement.
The 37-year-old Malik was permitted a 10-day leave on April 29, but the Pakistan Cricket Board did not specify any reason for doing this.
“The Pakistan cricket team management has given leave to Shoaib Malik so that he can return home to deal with a domestic issue. He is expected to rejoin the team in 10 days’ time,” the Board said in a press release.
In fact, he is the senior most player in team’s 15-member World Cup squad as he played as many as 282 ODIs and 111 T20 internationals to his name.
The experienced campaigner has already announced his retirement from ODIs after the marquee event.
The Green Shirts will be given a test of challenge ahead of the World Cup as they will take on England in five-match ODI series. The first match of the series will start on Wednesday at the Oval
Here’s Pakistan squad for World Cup:
Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-Ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Hassan Ali, Abid Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Sohail.