According to sources, senior all-rounder, Shoaib Malik will assume the responsibilities as an unofficial vice-captain for Pakistan during the upcoming ICC 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
Malik will lead the Pakistani side if regular captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed will be unavailable for any match during the ICC World Cup. The 37-year-old captained Pakistan in the final two ODIs and the three-match T20I series against South Africa after Sarfaraz was banned for passing racist remarks.
Malik also led the Pakistani team in the recently concluded ODI series against Australia in the first three ODI’s before missing the remainder of the series due to an injury. It is being reported that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials thoroughly looked at the likely candidates for the vice-captaincy during the World Cup, ultimately deciding upon Malik.