Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik Pakistani Cricket Players
Shoaib Malik

Shoaib Malik was born on 1st February 1982 in Sialkot. He is a Pakistani cricket player. He made his One-Day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh. He has taken over 100 ODI wickets at an average under 35, and has a batting average in the mid 30s in both Test and ODI cricket. His bowling action has come under scrutiny (particularly his doosra) but he has had elbow surgery to correct this. Malik was ranked second, behind teammate Shahid Afridi, in the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings in June 2008. In March 2010, Malik received a one-year ban from international cricket from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB); the ban was overturned two months later.
Short of wicketkeeping, there are few roles that have passed Shoaib Malik by on the cricket field. He has batted in every position in ODIs since his debut in 1999. He began at Test level batting in the lower-order and was even used as an opener. As an offspinner in the modern mould, everything about his bowling, from short-stepping run-up to the doosra, bear striking similarities with Saqlain Mushtaq . And the action isn't clean enough - he has been reported twice at international level - once in October 2004 after which he played primarily as a batsman for the next six months, before undergoing elbow surgery to correct his action. And he was again reported in November 2005, after which he underwent elbow surgery again in early 2006. But it is his intelligence and versatility that mark him out and make him so vital to Pakistan's future. After Bob Woolmer's arrival, he became one of Pakistan's most intelligent ODI batsmen, regularly marshalling chases from one-down, setting up platforms for big totals as a thruster, scoring runs in vital matches and being at the heart of Pakistan's ODI resurgence.
Career
Malik played for the first time the ball bar cricket in the streets when he was a child. He began to play seriously in the 1993/94 when he attended training clinics Imran Khan in Sialkot. He began developing as batsman only in the bowling later. But he was in trouble with his family to play cricket, and they want him to focus on his education. In 1996, and was attended by the owner of trials for the World Cup U-15. Was selected in the squad for his bowling.
In May 2001, and inspected the work of the owner of the bowling. The team of advisers that the PCB bowling stocks from outside the rotor was legal, although the delivery to him going in the other direction was not. Have been encouraged to focus on the cross and the exercise of his bowling hand over his other without bending the arm. [4] in an international match for one day (ODI) against England in June 2001, the owner suffered a fractured right shoulder after falling on the ground while trying to take the catch.
Approached by the owner of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in July 2003 to serve as a replacement for Ian Harvey, who was on international duty with Australia. Commented John Bracewell, the club's director of cricket, he was "excited about the possibility of signing international spinning all rounder to replace Ian during the Festival, Cheltenham and C & G semi-final, it will add a new dimension and refreshing for the band ... and that are in line with the philosophy of play we have both win and entertain. " He was impressed enough in the County Championship two years and three games in one day which resulted in the renewal of his contract for the 2004 season. The Mark Allen, coach of the club head, said, "Shoaib was very good for us in the last year in a short time was with us and fitted very well. A talented all rounder who deserves a place in any of the discipline and K. (21 years), he can only get better and I'm really happy I'm in the presence of him in my team. " Over the two seasons in Gloucestershire, he played King 8 games in the first place, scoring 214 runs at an average of 17.83 with two fifties and taking 15 wickets at an average 45.06, with best bowling figures of 76/3. He also played a 1201 match days, and scored 345 runs at an average of 43.12 with three fifties and took 10 wickets at an average 47.60, with best bowling figures of 3/28.
In October 2004, the owner responded to the International Cricket Council (ICC) of a "flawed bowling action is likely," and eight months later, his work has been cleared. In the intervening period, the owner and used mainly because of batsman. And provided also that a ban for testing by the Pakistan Cricket Board after he admitted to deliberately lose a match of the Twenty20 Sialkot Stallions against Karachi Zebras Lahore to knock the Eagles Cup twentieth -20. The investigation concluded that the incident "damaged the image of Pakistan cricket and showed disrespect to the public", but "his actions were not part of any match-fixing with no financial implications, but it was an attempt immature to express his disappointment in previous decisions in the competition which was felt went against his team "
During his Test career, Malik has batted at 5 different positions and has the unusual record of batting at every position except 11th in ODIs. Pakistan's problems in finding a reliable opening pair have led to Malik being used as an opener in Test and ODI matches.
In Test cricket, he made a big impression with his match-saving innings against Sri Lanka in 2006, during which he batted for the whole day and finished with 148 runs not out. His bowling has been effective at times, especially in one-day cricket where his best bowling figures are four wickets for 19 runs (4/19) in addition to many 3-wicket hauls.
Pakistan captaincy
Following Inzamam-ul-Haq's resignation as Pakistan captain after the 2007 World Cup, Malik was put forward as one of the names for the captaincy along with Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf. After Younis Khan's rejection, Malik was the popular choice as a younger player and was seen to represent a fresh start after the Inzamam era.
Former skipper Imran Khan, who led the team to World Cup glory, backed Malik for the role, stating "He appears to have a good cricket brain and could turn out to be a very good choice for Pakistan cricket". Malik was appointed Captain on 19 April 2007 by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), his experience considering his relatively young age and consistent performances were cited as other reasons for his appointment.
In Malik's first series as captain, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka 2–1 in an ODI series in Abu Dhabi. His next assignments were home Test and ODI series against South Africa, which Pakistan lost 1-0 and 3-2 respectively. 3-2 was the score in favour of India when Pakistan subsequently played an ODI series against their arch-rivals. Malik hit 89 and took three wickets in the final match, which Pakistan won by 31 runs.
Younis Khan took over as captain on 27 January 2009 after a poor performance against Sri Lanka saw Malik stepping down from captaincy.

Post-captaincy
In March 2010, Malik was given a one-year ban from the national team by the PCB, who charged him with causing infighting within the team. It was part of a dramatic cull of players after Pakistan's winless tour of Australia, resulting in the fining or banning of seven players. Two months later Lancashire County Cricket Club approached Malik to play for them during Twenty20 Cup. He agreed, saying "When Lancashire approached me to come and play for them I didn't hesitate in saying yes. I love playing cricket in England and the opportunity to play with a club of Lancashire's reputation was too good to pass up". On 29 May 2010, Malik's ban was overturned and his Rs 2 million fine halved. He was then subsequently named in the 2010 Asia Cup squad.

Playing style
According to Cricinfo's Osman Samiuddin:

(Malik’s) batting repertoire doesn't burst forth with strokes; there remains a distinctly utilitarian appeal to it. His drives straight are generally checked, dispossessed of flourish and in his forward defensive prods, there is an exaggerated care, just to make fully sure. It doesn't mean elegance doesn't come to him, as a couple of cover drives off Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh to bring Pakistan nearer its hundred showed. Midwicket slogging also comes naturally to him, usually more effective than beautiful.
—Osman Samiuddin, 2006
Malik is regarded as a flexible player. He is capable of hitting big shots but is also capable of rotating the strike with good placement. He has a strike rate of 77.23 runs per 100 balls, which compares favorably to players such as Rahul Dravid and Inzamam ul-Haq. His most brazen display of "power hitting" came in 2003 against South Africa when he scored 82 from 41 balls. As is required of most modern players, he also has displayed good defensive batting at times.

Personal life
Malik married Ayesha Siddiqui of Hyderabad, India through a telephone Nikah (marriage) on June 3, 2002. But, in a statement in Karachi on January 21, 2008, Malik claimed that no Nikah had taken place. Malik said his marriage plans with Siddiqui ended because both families could not reach an understanding on certain issues. "Yes, I had a long relationship with her and we planned to get married". Malik was forced by Siddiqui's family to give divorce after he claimed that there was no formal Nikah between the two in 2008. Siddiqui's father, M A Siddiqui, had then said that the family would move court if his daughter did not get a divorce. In April 2010, Siddiqui's family released Shoaib-Ayesha 'marriage' certificate (Nikahnama). On April 2, 2010, Malik said he plans to sue Siddiqui's family for indulging in "character assasination". On April 5, 2010, Malik admitted taking part in a telephone Nikah ceremony and signing the marriage certificate, but said that they are invalid because he never knowingly met her and she sent him photographs of another, more attractive, woman claiming they were her own. On April 7, 2010 Malik confirmed his marriage with Siddiqui and signed the Talaq (divorce) papers.
On 12 April 2010, Malik married Indian tennis player Sania Mirza in a Muslim ceremony at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad, India for a mahr of Rs. 6.1 million (US$137,500.

Interview
Shoaib Malik is one of the Pakistan's best all-rounders. As such, many Pakistan supporters have high expectations that he’ll be selected in the World Cup squad next year. In this interview, Shoaib is optimistic that he’ll be selected for the squad. He is satisfied with his ODI performances, so far and is hopeful of selection in the World Cup and future tournaments.
Shoaib Malik was born on February 1st, 1982. He started playing cricket in the Gujranwala division. He is an all-rounder, right-handed batsman and bowls off-spin. He has played 15 Tests and 117 ODI matches in his international career. His batting average in ODIs is 33.84 and has 95 wickets. In Test matches, his average with the bat is 39.89 and has 13 victims with the ball.
Shoaib was keen on cricket from early childhood and started with the Pioneer Club.
“Former Pakistani opener Amir Sohail guided me very well. He advised me to play a trial match for Under-15s. Prior to this, I had participated in a kids camp under former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, so I performed in the trial with full confidence and was selected.”
After that, Shoaib played for Saga Sports and later played for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) where he currently plays domestic cricket. “Recently, Saga Sports awarded me a gold crown for my performance in the Pakistan team”, he said.
Talking about his future, Shoaib Malik said, “I want to play cricket for Pakistan for a very long period. I’m one of the lucky players who realized their international ambitions early, but I’m still working hard to become the perfect player. If I’m dropped from the team, I know it’s only temporary because I concentrate hard to improve my performances. Currently, I’m in good form.”
“My dream is to become the best all-rounder of the world like my favourite player, Jacques Kallis, who I admire very much. I receive a lot of guidance from senior players and former players like Saqlain, Wasim and Waqar. They give me tips for playing well.”
On Friendship, Shoaib counts Abdul Razzaq, Imran Nazir and Shoaib Akhter as his best friends. “We always enjoy each others company when we are together”, he said.
Shoaib is married and his wife is in India. “My marriage is 100 % according to my parents agreement”, he said.
Shoaib was reported for a suspect action in November 2005. He has since undergone surgery to his right elbow that was damaged in a road accident in 2003, but due to busy playing schedules, he has been unable to find time to have the problem seen to. The ICC has now cleared him to bowl again for Pakistan and is looking forward to playing in England in late June.

We also asked him about PCB chairman, Shaharyar Khan. “He loves cricket. He accepts every difficulty as a challenge and tries his best to overcome the obstacles and achieve his goals. Many players got the chance to play for Pakistan due to his hard work. He gave cricket a new spirit, he’s not afraid of taking risks - that’s why he is the best Chairman of PCB and all officials are also very happy with his work. He has done a great job for development of cricket in Pakistan, which will be very useful in the future. He collected the real talent from Pakistan and made them ready to face the challenges in cricket and to become a good cricket team.”
 

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