Pakistan veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik has said that Pakistan skipper Babar Azam had given him a clear picture during the Asia Cup of him not being in selection for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Malik was ignored by the Pakistani selection committee when the 15-member squad was announced.
Pakistan’s middle order struggled with Malik’s absence during the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup 2022. At the same time, he also made it clear that he does not hold any grudges against Babar, as he is like his younger brother to him.
Furthermore, Shoaib Malik added that he always wants to see Babar Azam and Pakistan team at the top.
“I am unaware of the inside news but Babar Azam told me that the Asia Cup squad will travel to the T20 World Cup. He was communicating from his side and we are on good terms as he is little brother,” said Shoaib Malik while speaking to Cricket Pakistan.
“I will always be there for Babar to guide him regarding his game or anything. I am not a person who will stay unhappy and won’t talk just because I am not selected for the Pakistan team. My prayers are with him and I always wish to see him grow more. I want to see Babar and Pakistan team at the top,” he added.
“It was not against anyone” – Shoaib Malik on his controversial tweet
Shoaib Malik also gave a clarification on his tweet against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the Asia Cup final loss against Sri Lanka in September this year where he had publicly accused the board of doing internal politics and favouritism while making team selections instead of selecting players on their merit.
“I have already clarified and those who think my selection was based on the tweet, they are totally wrong. The tweet came afterwards when I knew that the Asia Cup squad will play at the World Cup. It was not against anyone and was totally based on what I saw,” Malik said.