Malik replaces injured Maqsood in Pakistan T20 World Cup squad


LAHORE, Pakistan, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik will make his sixth look on the Twenty20 World Cup later this month after being recalled to the squad on Saturday to switch injured middle-order batsman Sohaib Maqsood.

Maqsood was dominated out of the showpiece match after struggling a decrease again damage in a home match earlier this yr, the Pakistan Cricket Board mentioned in an announcement.

“Sohaib is devastated to miss out on the World Cup as he had worked hard for this event and was in sparkling form,” chief selector Muhammad Wasim mentioned.

“We feel for him but injuries are part and parcel of the sport.”

“…we have decided to include Shoaib Malik in the side. I am sure Shoaib’s experience will be handy for the entire squad.”

Malik, 39, captained Pakistan in the inaugural occasion in 2007 and was a member of the facet that gained the title in 2009.

The all-rounder missed the 2010 World Cup in the West Indies however featured in the final three editions.

This was the fourth change to Pakistan’s unique squad, coming a day after they drafted in former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman.

Pakistan will play warm-up matches towards West Indies and South Africa earlier than starting their marketing campaign with a blockbuster conflict with arch-rivals India on Oct. 24 in Dubai.

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; enhancing by Ken Ferris

Cricket - Second T20 International - England v Pakistan - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - August 30, 2020   Pakistan's Shoaib Malik in action   Lindsey Parnaby/Pool via REUTERS