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Shoaib MalikFull name Shoaib Malik

Born February 1, 1982, Sialkot, Punjab

Major teams Pakistan, Asia XI, Delhi Daredevils, Gloucestershire, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Reserves, Sialkot Cricket Association, Sialkot Stallions

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Brother Adeel Malik | Wife Sania Mirza

Shoaib Malik is a Pakistani cricket player and former captain. 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, 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.

Personal life

In 2008, media reports in Pakistan surfaced that Malik has married Ayesha Siddiqui, a woman from Hyderabad, India, on 3 June 2002. Malik denied these allegations saying his marriage plans with the woman did not go through, because of a lack of consensus between both the families. 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 assassination”. 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 an Islamic wedding ceremony at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad, India for a mahr of INR61 lakh (US$137,500).


Shoaib Malik first played tape-ball cricket in the streets as a child. He began to take playing cricket seriously in 1993/94 when he attended Imran Khan’s coaching clinics in Sialkot. He began as a batsman only developing on his bowling later. He used to get in trouble with his family for playing cricket, as they wanted him to focus on his education. In 1996, Malik attended trials for the U-15 World Cup. He was selected in the squad for his bowling.

In May 2001, Malik’s bowling action was inspected. The PCB group of bowling advisers concluded that his stock off-spinner was legal, although his delivery going the other way was not. He was encouraged to concentrate on his off-spin and to practice bowling his other delivery without bending his arm. In a One Day International (ODI) against England in June 2001, Malik suffered a fractured right shoulder after falling awkwardly while attempting to take a catch.

Malik was approached by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in July 2003 to act as a replacement for Ian Harvey, who was on international duty with Australia. John Bracewell, the club’s director of cricket, commented that he was “excited by the prospect of signing an international spinning all-rounder to replace Ian during the Cheltenham Festival and the C&G semi-finals. He will add a new and refreshing dimension to the squad … which is in keeping with our playing philosophy to both win and entertain”. He sufficiently impressed in two County Championship and three one-day matches that resulted in renewing of his contract for the 2004 season. Mark Alleyne, the club’s head coach, remarked that “Shoaib did very well for us last year in the short time he was with us and fitted in very well. He is a gifted all-rounder who is worthy of a place in either discipline and as a 21 year old, he can only get better and I am really pleased at having him in my squad”. Over the course of his two seasons at Gloucestershire, Malik played eight first-class matches, scoring 214 runs at an average of 17.83 with two fifties and taking 15 wickets at an average of 45.06, with best bowling figures of 3/76. He also played twelve one-day matches, scoring 345 runs at an average of 43.12 with three fifties and taking 10 wickets at an average of 47.60, with best bowling figures of 3/28.

In October 2004, Malik was reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for having a “potentially flawed bowling action”; eight months later, his action was cleared. In the intervening period, Malik was used mainly as a batsman. He was also given a one-Test ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board after admitting to deliberately losing a Twenty20 match for the Sialkot Stallions against Karachi Zebras to knock Lahore Eagles out of the Faysal Bank T20 Cup. The inquiry concluded that the incident “damaged Pakistan’s cricketing image and had shown disrespect to the crowd”, but that “his actions were not part of any match-fixing with no financial implications, but were an immature attempt to express his disappointment at earlier decisions in the competition that he felt went against his side”.

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.

On the international stage Malik struggled in England. In 12 ODIs across four tours between 2001 and 2006 he scored 98 runs at an average of 8.16, with just two scores above 20, far below his career ODI average of 34.35. Of people who have played at least eight ODIs in England, Malik’s is the furthest below his overall average.

Batting and Fielding Averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 32 54 6 1606 148* 33.45 3617 44.40 2 8 209 13 16 0
ODIs 203 180 21 5253 143 33.03 6702 78.37 7 31 436 59 70 0
T20Is 39 37 7 709 57 23.63 626 113.25 0 2 59 14 15 0
First-class 104 160 18 4844 200 34.11 13 20 50 0
List A 288 246 38 7789 143 37.44 12 48 111 0
Twenty20 89 82 25 2213 88* 38.82 1752 126.31 0 14 191 55 43 0

Bowling Averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 32 37 2245 1291 21 4/42 4/94 61.47 3.45 106.9 1 0 0
ODIs 203 164 6618 5019 139 4/19 4/19 36.10 4.55 47.6 1 0 0
T20Is 39 20 276 303 16 2/7 2/7 18.93 6.58 17.2 0 0 0
First-class 104 12209 5997 198 7/81 30.28 2.94 61.6 6 1
List A 288 11042 8198 269 5/35 5/35 30.47 4.45 41.0 7 1 0
Twenty20 89 59 944 1151 53 5/13 5/13 21.71 7.31 17.8 0 2 0

Shoaib Malik News

Saeed Ajmal suspended over bowling action 9 Sep 2014
Karachi – Top-ranked Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was suspended indefinitely from international cricket for an illegal bowling action Tuesday but he vowed to return in time for next year’s World Cup. The world’s leading one-day international bowler blamed the Internationa...
Pakistan’s Lahore Lions get Champions League T20 invite 16 Jul 2014
Karachi – Pakistan will send its domestic Twenty20 champions Lahore Lions to play in the Champions League to be held in India in September, an official said Wednesday. Full coverage of CLT20 in India The Lions, led by former Pakistan Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez, beat Misb...
Right now I’m not enjoying playing for Pakistan: Shoaib Malik 29 Jun 2014
Shoaib Malik has represented Pakistan on more than 300 occasions across all formats and in this time he has accumulated over 8,000 runs as well as picking up 178 international scalps for Pakistan. The all-rounder last represented Pakistan in their unsuccessful 2014 World T20 c...
Interview: Umar Gul should stick to playing only T20Is – Sarfraz Nawaz 9 May 2014
Sarfraz Nawaz began his Test career in 1969 with the series against England in Pakistan and in a career which spanned 15 years, he became one of Pakistan’s most potent fast bowlers, whilst also being recognized as the father of reverse swing which was to revolutionize the art ...
Not enough good quality batsmen coming through: Ramiz Raja 15 Apr 2014
In exclusive remarks to, Ramiz spoke about the reasons behind Pakistan’s loss, his views on the apparent lack of form of captain Mohammad Hafeez and the why he considers that players like Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik will continue to play a role in the future o...
Pakistan chief cricket selector says picking seniors backfired 4 Apr 2014
Karachi – Pakistan’s new cricket chief selector Rashid Latif on Wednesday said relying on senior players had backfired after a familiar batting collapse saw the team crash out from the World Twenty20. The 2009 champions were crushed by the West Indies on Tuesday night, sliding...
WT20: Windies destroy Pakistan to make World T20 semis 2 Apr 2014
Dhaka – Defending champions West Indies charged into the World Twenty20 semi-finals with a spectacular 84-run win over Pakistan in a key Super-10 match in Dhaka on Tuesday. The West Indies recovered from a top-order meltdown to post 166-6 after electing to take first strike, b...
WT20: Ahmed Shehzad ton powers Pakistan to win over Bangladesh 31 Mar 2014
Dhaka – Opener Ahmed Shehzad smashed an unbeaten 111 off 62 balls as Pakistan thrashed hosts Bangladesh by 50 runs to stay on course for the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 in Dhaka on Sunday. The 22-year-old from Lahore hit 10 boundaries and five sixes in his first T20 inte...
Shehzad ton takes Pakistan to 190-5 vs Bangladesh 30 Mar 2014
MIRPUR: Opener Ahmed Shehzad produced a superb maiden century Sunday to help Pakistan score an imposing 190-5 against Bangladesh in a World Twenty20 Group 2 match. Shehzad, who had a previous highest of 98 not out in Twenty20 internationals, scored an unbeaten 111 off 62 balls...
WT20: Pakistan bat against Bangladesh in must-win match 30 Mar 2014
DHAKA: Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and elected to bat against hosts Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 Super-10 group two match in Dhaka on Sunday.Pakistan, who have two points from as many matches, must beat both Bangladesh and the West Indies in their remaini...

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