Pakistan’s Veteran Cricket player Shoaib Malik initially was not included in the Pakistan squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. There were many debates and discussions going around about this decision. But today Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed about Shoaib Malik’s invasion into their T20 World Cup squad of Pakistan. However, the decision was taken as Sohaib Maqsood was ruled out due to a back injury. Eventually which he got during the National T20 Cup.
Sohaib Maqsood had gone through MRI scans for the lower back on Thursday. After picking up the injury during the October 6 match against Northern. And consequently missed the October 7 match against Central Punjab.
Shoaib Malik has been added to Pakistan's T20 World Cup squad.
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Chief selector Muhammad Wasim: “Sohaib is devastated to miss out on the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as he had worked hard for this event and was in sparkling form. We feel for him but injuries are part and parcel of the sport. I am sure after undergoing rehabilitation, he’ll fully recover to be available for future assignments”.
Furthermore, “In his place and the following discussions with the team management, we have decided to include Shoaib Malik in the side. I am sure Shoaib’s experience will be handy for the entire squad”, he added.
On contrary, experienced player Shoaib Malik lead the Pakistan squad in first T20 World Cup in 2007. He was also a member of the side that won the tournament in 2009. However after missing the West Indies event in 2010, he featured in the 2012, 2014, and 2016 tournaments. This replacement marked the fourth change in the initial Pakistan squad announced on September 4, 2021.
Eventually on Friday, the cricket board made three changes in the team after taking into consideration player performances and form during the National T20 Cup. The Pakistan squad will depart for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on October 15.