Babar Azam and Muhammad Wasim lock horns over Shoaib Malik’s selection in the T20 squad

Muhammad Wasim and Babar AzamThe Pakistan cricket team‘s chief selector – Muhammad Wasim – has turned down Babar Azam‘s request to include veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik in the T20 squad.

According to Cricket Pakistan, citing sources, the national cricket team captain approached the chief selector multiple times over Malik’s inclusion in the T20 squad. The cricket website reported that Babar Azam‘s request was turned down by Muhammad Wasim.

Azam wants to strengthen his side as the middle order hasn’t shown any great performance in the recent matches. Only three batsmen – Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman – have scored a fifty in the 14 T20 matches Pakistan has played this year.

The sources have said that Malik’s age is the main hurdle in his selection as Wasim believes that his inclusion won’t benefit the Pakistan team. The 39-year-old last represented the men in green in September 2020.

Although, the selection committee doesn’t see Malik as part of the national cricket team but the continuous insistence from captain Babar Azam might help him earn a place in the national T20 side.

It is pertinent to mention that Shoaib Malik, despite his growing age, has performed extraordinarily well in the recent tournaments. He finished the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) as the fourth highest run scorer as well as scoring 240 runs in seven matches of the recently concluded Kashmir Premier League. 

It is not the first time that Babar Azam and Muhammad Wasim have had their differences over team selection. There were reports about the two having different opinions regarding the team selection for the series against South Africa earlier this year.

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  • Malik issue is he don’t perform in big matches the way he got out twice in 2019 world cup was big question on his selection…. domestic tournament mai score krna koi bri baat ni waha team sy nikly howay aur mostly inexperience player hoty hai but I still believe that if Gayle is still playing than we should give one more chance to malik but before his selection for t20 cup we should include him in dual team matches against nz and eng


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