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Former Pakistan all-rounder Yasir Arafat has admitted that all-rounder Shoaib Malik has established himself as a crucial member of the national team, even though he is 36.
Malik was Pakistan’s second-highest scorer during the recently concluded T20 tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia as he scored 132 runs in five matches at an average of 66.
While he didn’t bowl much, Malik has contributed with the ball on numerous occasions in the past.
“The younger players are doing a great job for the Pakistan side, but one cannot underestimate the role of someone like Shoaib Malik who seems to be playing each innings with so much passion that it appears that it is his last innings,” Arafat wrote in his blog for PakPassion. “He has already expressed a desire to play the next World Cup and seems to be displaying all the qualities that will make that wish a reality. In doing so, not only will he be helping himself, but he will also be taking his side, Pakistan, to greater heights.”
Malik has announced that he will retire from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup, but insisted that he will keep representing Pakistan in Twenty20 Internationals, but added that this will be based on his fitness levels and performances.