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Uncertainty surrounds on Shoaib Malik’s inclusion in Pakistan XI

After relentless rain forced the abandonment of the first one-day international, England will be looking for a more favourable result as they take on Pakistan in the second ODI on Saturday, 11 May in Southampton.

Ahead of the 2nd ODI there’s a good news for Pakistan Cricket Team that Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik has rejoined Pakistan team in Southampton after a 10-day break. The 37-year-old will be available for selection for the second one-day international (ODI) against hosts, England.

Malik who will be Sarfaraz’s unofficial deputy during 2019 World Cup has joined the side in Southampton.

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik’s inclusion in the Men in Green lineup for the second one-day international (ODI) against England is still uncertain.

According to Daily Express, Malik has rejoined the Pakistan squad, after heading back home for a 10-day leave, but whether he will take part in the second ODI against England will depend on passing the pre-match fitness test.

If the veteran all-rounder fails to clear the fitness test, he will then be considered for the third ODI match of the series in Bristol.

Earlier the Pakistan team management had given leave to all-rounder Shoaib Malik, so that he can return home to deal with a personal issue.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not make any further comments and fully expected all concerned to respect Malik’s privacy.

The Men in Green are currently on a tour of England and Wales, for a one-off T20I and five-match ODI series, ahead of the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.

In the absence of Shoaib Malik, the Green Shirts lost the one-off T20I against England by seven wickets on May 5. The first ODI was washed out by rain on May 8.

Earlier, Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik is keen on signing off from ODI cricket on a high, by winning the upcoming 2019 International Cricket Council World Cup in England and Wales.     

While talking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, Malik said that winning the mega event will complete his life.

“I have won the World T20 and the Champions Trophy but the only missing piece from my trophy cabinet is the World Cup,” said Malik.

“My life would be complete if I’m successful in winning it.”

The former Pakistan captain was also looking forward to making a positive contribution, both on and off the field, during the event.

“I want make my last World Cup memorable not just by performing well, but also helping the youngsters with my experience and ensuring that the atmosphere of dressing room remains cordial,” he said.

The 2019 World Cup will see all ten teams competing against each other in a round-robin format, with the top four qualifying for the final — a format which Malik believes will give equal opportunity to every side.

“The format of the tournament is such that it gives every team an equal opportunity but only the consistent sides will put themselves in a good position to win the event,” he said.

 

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