The former world champion, Pakistan, announced his team for the next ICC World Cup earlier this week and chose to turn it into a mix of experience and youth. The team, led by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed, has experienced players such as Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, as well as youngsters like Saheen Afridi and Mohamad Hasnain. And Malik, 37, a batting veteran, has confirmed that this will be his last WC and he wants Pakistan to win it.
The veteran completes two decades in international cricket this year, but has only participated in a World Cup to date, which was the 2007 edition in which the Men in Green collapsed after losing to the debutants Ireland. Malik, who is the husband of Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, wants him to count and help Pakistan get his second title after 1992.
Malik, a former captain, also played the leading role of the side during the recent series against South Africa and Australia, albeit with little success. However, the presence of players like him and Hafeez, 38, means they can guide youngsters, having seen the ups and downs in their long careers.
Malik is fine with the combination of the Pakistan team
A veteran of 282 ODIs and 111 T20Is, Malik scored more than 11,000 international runs and took over 200 wickets with his off-spin. He no longer plays the Tests after having played his number 35 in 2015. Saj Sadiq, editor of PakPassion, quoted Malik in a Twitter message: “This will be my last World Cup and I want Pakistan to win it.” I think there’s a fantastic combination of young and old players in this team. ”
Pakistan, although it left veteran pacemaker Mohammad Amir out of its squadron on its poor form in recent times, saw five wickets in 14 games. The squad also missed Rizwan Mohammad, who stayed in the last series against Australia at home, which means that Pakistan will not have a full-fledged nack-up keeper in the tournament.
Pakistan will play England in an ODI series and the only T20I before heading to the WC, where they will play their first game against the Windies on May 31.