Veteran Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik has returned from a personal leave of absence for 10 days to join his team in time for the remainder of the series against England. The most experienced member of Pakistan’s squad, Malik holds the key for inducing stability in the batting department and has been routinely entrusted with the finisher’s role.
However, his recent form with the bat has posed questions over his declining prowess, especially given his poor record in foreign conditions in the last 2 years. Nevertheless, Malik has cast a positive light on the series against the no.1 ranked ODI side in the world.
Malik believes that these matches are a great opportunity for certain youngsters to make an impact, while also serves as a chance for other players such as Mohammad Amir and Asif Ali to stage a comeback. He thus advised cricket fans to underestimate Pakistan at their peril.