Cricket world needs revival of Pakistan-India rivalry: Shoaib Malik
LAHORE: Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik said there was a need for resuming the Pakistan-India cricket ties, just like the world cricket needed the Ashes, saying both series were played with the same passion and have a great history.
“I think the cricket world badly needs revival of Pakistan-India cricket ties, in the same way that world cricket needs the Ashes,” he said while speaking about Pakistan’s chances if this year’s Twenty20 World Cup takes place, Shoaib Malik, who scored 2,321 runs in 110 T20s, said he believed Pakistan’s chances were very good.
“In order to win these kinds of events, you have to have a very strong bowling attack and I think we have that box ticked. In addition, we also have a good batting line-up to complement that strong bowling attack,” he maintained.
On Jun 20, the Pakistan Cricket Board had announced that after consulting with his family, veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik would join the team in England.
“Shoaib Malik has not seen his immediate family for nearly five months due to his commitments and the subsequent international travel bans following the COVID-19 pandemic,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan had said, according to a press release by the board.
“As travel restrictions are now slowly easing out and there is an opportunity for a family reunion, it is appropriate that at a human level we show compassion as part of our duty of care and respect Shoaib’s request.”