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Full 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.
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.
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Pakistan raises cricketers’ salaries
14 May 2013
KARACHI – Pakistan announced Tuesday that its 21 cricketers on central contracts would get a 15 percent salary increase and a 10 percent rise in match fees this year. The contracts, up for renewal in January, were finally handed to players hours before they left for Britain early Tuesday. Dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi was lucky [...]
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Pak chief selector Qasim says balanced Champions Trophy team has quality batsmen
8 May 2013
London: Pakistan chief selector Iqbal Qasim has said the national selection committee has put a lot of thought into selecting eight batsmen, a wicket-keeper and seven bowlers for the Champions Trophy in England next month, dispelling the impression by experts that the chosen squad lacked quality batsmen. The squad will exclude flagging veterans Younis Khan, [...]
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Vettori, Jayawardena and Sangakkara set to appear in sixth ICC Champions Trophy
6 May 2013
Dubai: New Zealand”s Daniel Vettori and Sri Lanka”s Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara are set to join an exclusive club of cricketers to play in six ICC Champions Trophy tournaments after they were named in their respective squads for the elite event to be staged in England and Wales from 6-23 June. In addition to [...]
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Abdur Rehman confident of Champions Trophy slot over prior county experience
6 May 2013
Karachi: Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman is hopeful of playing for his country in next month”s ICC Champions Trophy in England owing to his experience of playing in the English county circuit alongside offspinner Saeed Ajmal, current captain Mohammad Hafeez and former captain Shoaib Malik. Rehman said that he is not worried even if he [...]
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Ex-Pak skipper justifies exclusion of Afridi, Akmal from Champions Trophy squad
3 May 2013
Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammed has supported the exclusion of all-rounder Shahid Afridi and batsman Umar Akmal from the ICC Champions Trophy squad, saying that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is completely justified in its action. The decision to not select the previously talismanic figure of Shahid Afridi was a real point of contention, [...]
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Ex-Pakistan skipper justifies exclusion of Afridi, Akmal from Champions Troph...
2 May 2013
Karachi, Former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammed has supported the exclusion of all-rounder Shahid Afridi and batsman Umar Akmal from the ICC Champions Trophy squad, saying that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is completely justified in its action. The decision to not select the previously talismanic figure of Shahid Afridi was a real point of contention, [...]
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Afridi need to blame his performance not Misbah
2 May 2013
Karachi : Former pacer Sarfraz Nawaz said that all-rounder Shahid Afridi must not blame skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for his exclusion from the Champions Trophy as the obvious reason for his axing from the team was his below par performance. It was widely reported in the media that former skipper Shahid Afridi said that captain Misbah-ul-Haq wanted [...]
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”Popular” Afridi dropped from Pak`s Champions Trophy squad
30 Apr 2013
Sydney: Popular Pakistani player Shahid Afridi has been dropped from the 15-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy following the all-rounder”s below-par performances in South Africa and a domestic competition. Afridi, who still holds the world record of fastest one-day century, has not taken a single wicket in his last six one-day internationals and has [...]
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Pakistan drops Afridi from Champions Trophy squad
29 Apr 2013
LAHORE, Pakistan – Pakistan on Monday axed Shahid Afridi from their 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy following the allrounder’s below-par performances in South Africa and a domestic competition. Series Links: Champions Trophy 2013 Series Homepage Champions Trophy 2013 Schedule, Fixtures & Results Champions Trophy 2013 Squads Champions Trophy 2013 Points Table The 33-year-old, who [...]
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Mohammad Asif faces end of Pakistan career
17 Apr 2013
KARACHI – Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif’s remarkable talent promised much more than he delivered. Touted as one of the best new-ball bowlers, Asif’s career appears to have been struck a fatal blow on Wednesday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected his appeal against a seven-year spot-fixing ban. Along with teenage pace partner [...]
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Pakistan cricket icon Akram denies ‘marriage with Sushmita Sen’ rumours
13 Apr 2013
Islamabad, Pakistan cricket icon Wasim Akram has dismissed rumours that he is marrying Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen, saying that he wants privacy and respect from both the media and his fans following Indian media’s recent claim that Akram and Sen were about to tie the knot in Mumbai. The famed paceman has been linked constantly [...]
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Pakistan announces 30 Probables for ICC Champions Trophy 2013
31 Mar 2013
Pakistan on Sunday omitted out-of-form Younis Khan from a 30-man initial squad for the eight-nation Champions Trophy after the middle order batsman flopped in recent one-day matches. The 35-year-old Younis managed just 116 runs in the series against South Africa earlier this month which Pakistan lost 3-2 and has not managed to score a century [...]
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De Villiers takes South Africa to series win against Pakistan
24 Mar 2013
BENONI, South Africa – South African captain AB de Villiers hit an unbeaten 95 to guide his side to a series-clinching six-wicket win in the fifth and final one-day international against Pakistan at Willowmoore Park on Sunday. Pictures Gallery: Pakistan Tour of South Africa 5th ODI Scorecard | Pakistan vs South Africa 2013 Series Home [...]
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4th ODI: South Africa win toss and bat vs Pakistan
21 Mar 2013
DURBAN, South Africa – South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in the fourth one-day international against Pakistan at Kingsmead on Thursday. Pictures Gallery: Pakistan Tour of South Africa 4th ODI Scorecard | Pak vs SA 4th ODI Live Updates | Pakistan vs South Africa 2013 Series Home South Africa, who lead the [...]
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