Pakistan recalled Pakistan cricket team’s experienced duo Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez for the three Bangladesh T20Is, which will start this Friday in Pakistan, to strengthen the batting department, the PCB reported.
Hafeez and Malik share 200 T20Is between them and are eager to share their knowledge of international cricket to the youngsters. Besides helping Babar Azam, the Pakistan captain, in executing his on-field plans effectively.
On the sidelines of a warm-up match at the iconic Gaddafi stadium, hosting three T20Is on January 24th, 25th and 27th, Hafeez and Malik, who last played for Pakistan in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, had a discussion about how they wanted to make the most of their returns in the Pakistan camp.
Mohammad Hafeez said,
“The best you can do for the next generation of cricketers is to share your experience and that cannot be done with words but with actions. We have learned from our seniors on how to be successful in your cricketing career.”
“It is an added role for us that we have to groom these young cricketers in the side and prepare them for the next 10-12 years.”
“There is a pressure of captaincy which you and I have faced in our careers and we can take this off from Babar by putting up performances which can lead Pakistan to victories. We can back his plans and help him in their better execution on the field.”
“It is an honour for me to wear the Pakistan cap. I am eager to wear the Pakistan kit and win matches for my country at this beautiful venue. I still remember the day when I made my international debut and I still have the same intensity in me. For me, this is not a comeback. I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Whereas, Shoaib Malik said,
“As a professional cricketer, you want to give your best shot whether you are playing club, league or international cricket. This doesn’t feel like a comeback because in my previous comebacks there have been more lengthy gaps as compared to this one. It is a wonderful feeling to be donning your country’s colors which cannot be described in words. There is certainly no comparison for it.”
“Our inclusion will help the youngsters and our captain as we bring in the experience which we can share with them.”
“Age is just a number and it should not be a metric to judge a player rather a player should be judged on the criteria set by the board and the management in regard to his on-field performances. Senior players bring in the experience, which they share with the youngsters and make the system stronger.”
The first T20I is scheduled on Friday and will begin at 2 pm.