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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has admitted that he is “not enjoying playing” for the national team since he is not “getting the opportunities to play Test cricket or one day internationals”.
However, despite being frustrated at his lack of opportunities, Malik noted that he still wants to represent Pakistan in all three formats of the game.
“I appreciate that fans are thinking that I am playing the 20-over format more than any other format, but if I am not getting the opportunities to play Test cricket or one day internationals then that just leaves T20s for me,” Malik told PakPassion.net. “I’m keen to participate in T20 leagues around the world but I still want to play all three formats for Pakistan.
“I’m fit enough, the desire is still there, the hunger is there to play for Pakistan and I feel that from 30 to 37 are your best cricketing years as a batsmen.
“I’m enjoying my T20 cricket wherever I am playing in the world but honestly speaking right now I’m not enjoying playing for Pakistan.”
Part of Malik’s frustration stems from the fact that he is still unclear about what his role is.
“Next time I get the opportunity to play for Pakistan I will first ask for some clarity beforehand,” he said. “For example why am I not being used as a bowler, why am I not getting a chance to bowl for Pakistan when over here at Warwickshire I’m bowling regularly and taking wickets.
“Wherever I play cricket I get the opportunity to bowl apart from when I am playing for Pakistan. I’ve always wanted to play and still want to play as an all-rounder for Pakistan.
“I’m one of the most senior cricketers in the Pakistan team but I don’t know where I’m going to be batting in the next match and that is ridiculous. I don’t wish to make excuses, but I know what’s been happening when I’ve been in Pakistan squads and those people who are doing all these things to me in Pakistan cricket know what’s been happening.”
However, Malik added that he was enjoying his stint with the Birmingham Bears.
“I feel it’s going well, we’ve won most of our matches and I’ve been in good form,” he said. “The feedback I’ve had from my teammates and the team management has been awesome and I’m very appreciative of the support I’ve had from everyone at Warwickshire.
“I’m giving 100% to the team’s cause and I’ve really been enjoying my cricket.”