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                                                     Shoaib Malik

                                         Shoaib Malik at the University Oval in 2009

                                                   Personal information

                          Born                             1 February 1982 (age 28)
                                                           Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan

                      Batting style                        Right-hand bat

                      Bowling style                        Right-arm offbreak

                          Role                             All-rounder

                                                 International information
                     National side                Pakistan

              Test debut (cap     169)            29 August 2001 v Bangladesh

                      Last Test                   3 December 2009 v New Zealand

              ODI debut (cap      128)            14 October 1999 v West Indies

                      Last ODI                    9 November 2009 v New Zealand

                     ODI shirt no.                18

                                         Domestic team information

                        Years                                                      Team

2004/05-2006/07                                   Sialkot Stallions

2003/04                                           Gloucestershire

2001/02-2006/07                                   Sialkot

1999/00                                           Pakistan Reserves

1998/99-2007/08                                   PIA

1997/98-1998/99                                   Gujranwala

                                              Career statistics

                   Competition                          Tests               ODIs            FC           LA

                     Matches                      28                  187           90           264

                   Runs scored                    1,440               5,075         3,615        7,156

                  Batting average                 36.00               34.76         29.87        38.06

                     100s/50s                     2/7                 7/31          8/16         11/44

                     Top score                    148**               143           148**        143

                   Balls bowled                   2,016               6,252         10,807       10,202

                      Wickets                     17                  130           171          244

                  Bowling average                 68.11               36.58         31.47        31.13

             5 wickets in innings                 0                   0             5            1
                        10 wickets in match               0             n/a          1              n/a

                            Best bowling                  4/42          4/19         7/81           5/35

                        Catches/stumpings                 15/–          65/–         43/–           101/–

                                                                  Source: CricketArchive, 12 December 2009

    Shoaib Malik (Urdu: ‫( )شعیب ملک‬born 1 February 1982 in Sialkot) 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.

    Malik was ranked second, behind teammate Shahid Afridi, in the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings in June 2008.[1]



                  1 International


                  2 Captaincy

                  3 Notable


                  4 Test Centuries

                  5 Controversy

                  6 Personal life

                  7 References

                  8 External links

    International career

    He started his career as just an off spinner, and is now regarded as a useful bowling all-rounder with a batting average in the mid 30s in both Test and

    ODI cricket.

    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 favourably 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. He has taken over 100 ODI wickets at an average under 35 and economy rate below 4.5. His bowling action has come

    under scrutiny (particularly his doosra) but he has had elbow surgery to correct this.

    In Tests, he has a better batting average against Sri Lanka and South Africa than other nations. In ODIs he has a better batting average against India,

    South Africa, and the West Indies than his overall career average. During his Test career, Malik has batted at 5 different positions and he 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.

Following Inzamam-ul-Haq's resignation as Pakistan captain after the 2007 World Cup, Shoaib Malik was put forward as one of the names for the

captaincy along with Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf. After Younus Khan's rejection, Malik was the popular choice as a younger captain 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, his experience considering his relatively young age and consistent

performances are cited as other reasons for his appointment. His vice-captain was initially Mohammad Asif, followed by Salman Butt, although

Younus Khan was recently appointed his deputy when Butt was dropped from the team.

In Malik's first series as captain, Pakistan beat 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 2009-01-27.[2]

In 2010, Malik was given a one-year ban from the national team by the PCB, who charged him with causing infighting within the team.

Notable performances

In Test cricket he made a big impression with his match-saving innings against Sri Lanka, in 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.

Test Centuries

                                                    Test Centuries by Shoaib Malik
    #     Runs         Match          Against                  City/Country                            Venue                  Year          Scorecard

1       148*       1                  Sri Lanka       Colombo, Sri Lanka               Sinhalese Sports Club Ground         2006       Test no. 1794

2       134        3                  Sri Lanka       Colombo, Sri Lanka               Sinhalese Sports Club Ground         2009       Test no. 1927


Malik came under criticism in India for his statement after losing the final of the 2007 ICC World Twenty20.[3] After the match he stated, "I want to

thank you back home (in) Pakistan and where the Muslim lives all over the world." The mother of India's man of the match, Irfan Pathan, a Muslim,

said: "Shoaib must have said that for his own countrymen, how can he speak for all the Muslims of the world? The way Irfan and Yusuf played for

India, that's all that matters to us. They have made us proud of the way India won the Cup."[4] He was also criticised by some Pakistani fans for his

comments, while others stated that the Indian media was creating a controversy by misinterpreting his statement.[5][6]

Personal life

In 2008, Shoaib Malik was dating former Miss India and Bollywood actress Sayali Bhagat[7]. On March 29, 2010, Pakistani media GEO News reported

that Sania Mirza, an Indian tennis player, will wed Malik in April, 2010. This news was confirmed to the media by Imran Mirza, the father of Sania

Mirza[8] Later, Shoaib Malik also confirms on his Twitter page that they will get married in April 2010. [9]

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