A few days ago, it was reported that Shoaib Malik was hopeful of making a comeback to the Pakistan team for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka; and keeping that in mind he had turned down county offers.
He also claimed that the counties had required that he sign a contract to choose county over country in case he was invited for Pakistan duty.
I doubted that any county contract would have that clause.
Just two days since Malik claimed to have those offers, Hampshire and Essex have come out and said that they never made any offer to Shoaib Malik!
Oh Malik, how you have been caught red handed trying to fool the public, the selectors, and the board.
What a liar.
So its come to this where Shoaib Malik will do anything to get back into the good books of the people that matter? He will resort to lies and dirty tactics to try and win the people's favour, and that of the selectors?
Malik was in miserable form throughout last year. After he was dropped and brought back on Misbah's request for the series in England, he failed terribly.
There is no reason for Malik to be in the Pakistan squad. There is no room for him there either.
No reason because of his utterly shit international form – I really don't think that domestic form counts for anything if you keep failing continuously in international cricket.
And no room because of his continuous lies, manipulation, and politicking.
Every single senior played had a problem with him when he first became captain. Yousuf, Afridi, Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar, and even Younis Khan who doesn't generally get involved in petty politics had issues with Shoaib Malik's presence as the team leader.
Not because he was a junior cricketer leading them on the field, but because he was a spineless idiot who became Nasim Ashraf's puppet and almost destroyed the careers of Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq.
It is no secret that he has time and again returned to the international fold on the back of political pressure. Why else would an out of form cricketer be selected repeatedly.
Enough is enough now.
With all this tainted history, and the recent lies in an effort to manipulate the selectors and fans minds, Shoaib Malik needs to be kept away from the Pakistan cricket team for good.
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