‘I still think I can play for another five or six years’, says Shoaib Malik

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Malik is determined to regain his spot in Pakistan’s limited overs squad

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik believes he “can play for another five or six years” despite being snubbed from the national team’s limited overs squad since the Champions Trophy in June.

Malik also noted that he would prefer to bat higher up the order for Pakistan so that he could become more “consistent”.

“Representing your country is the biggest thing (and) of course I want to play for my team (Pakistan), I want to do well for my country,” Malik said. “I still think I can play for another five or six years. I am fit but I want to see myself consistent. I do not want to bat at No 6 anymore. I want to bat at No 3 or 4.”

Malik last represented Pakistan in a Test match back in 2010 was pushed to the side for Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

The 31-year-old admitted that he had been struggling with a shoulder and elbow injury, but after having undergone a surgical procedure to repair the problem, he feels “absolutely fine”.

“I was struggling with my shoulder and my elbow but I have had surgery for my elbow and I have worked hard in the gym every day (since being dropped),” he said. “Now I am absolutely fine. I can even bowl 30 overs in one day. I am very happy and I want to play as an all-rounder. That is my priority.”

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