Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik added another feather to his cap by becoming first Pakistani cricketer to appear in 350 Twenty20 (T20) matches. In doing so he also extended his side’s winning start to the fifth game with a crushing 81-run victory over hosts Jamaica Tallawahs.
Out of the 350 appearances, Malik played 111 games for his national team, where he averaged 30+ striking at 124. Malik played his first T20 match back in 2005 as he led Sialkot Stallions in the National T20 Cup. It is worth mentioning here that the all-rounder had retired from one-day internationals after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
“When I first started playing cricket, I never thought I would play 350 games in total, never mind 350 in just one format. I feel honoured to have been a part of this beautiful game of cricket. When I started my career, T20 cricket didn’t exist, and it makes me proud that I was able to keep my game relevant to the modernization of cricket," Malik said.
The Guyana captain on Wednesday also became the first overseas player to hit 1500 runs in T20 cricket in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).