IPL: Indian Premier League 2009

Shoaib Malik’s Last Days

Written by Commoner on December 17th, 2008   (310 views)

Shoaib Malik, 26, was appointed as Pakistan captain after Inzamam-ul-Haq led the side to an embarrassing first round exit from the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies last March. Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf handpicked Malik as Inzamam’s successor, ignoring several more experienced captaincy candidates like premier batsman Mohammad Yousuf and all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

Shoaib Malik has remained a failure and his personal performance has always remained very dismal. Above all he failed to resolve the tensions and rifts in the team, and rather he became part of them. He ignored and insulted the senior players instead of respecting them and he harmed the team morale by ousting the senior players.

New PCB chief Ijaz Butt has made it clear that the Board will take a final decision on whether to retain Malik as captain after carefully reviewing his performance as the team’s leader. To bring in unity, harmony and strength in the team that the new chairman should sack the Shoaib Malik from captaincy and he should appoint Mohammad Yousuf, the next skipper of team.

Pakistan were left without a single Test in 2008 after Australia refused to tour the country in March-April this year citing security apprehensions. Pakistan team is drowning and an experienced hand is required to steer the ship of Pakistani cricket in these troubled times.

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