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Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Fireworks11, Jul 5, 2019.
A sunny late afternoon in London.
Shoaib Malik was given a send off for his services to Pak cricket for the last 20 years. He came out to congratulate his team mates, before being clapped off and given a pat on the back by the MCC members as he made the walk through the historic Long Room back up to the dressing room. He has been around since forever it seems.
Malik would have taken Lords to be the venue for his farewell. Sadly it was the last group game and not the WC final. Sometimes you can’t have a perfect ending.
Still remember Malik batting with Shahid in 2009 WC final at the same ground. Thank you Shoaib for all his services to Pak cricket. Happy retirement.
Finally the snake is gone forever.
Leaves by doing nothing.
Can we stop abusing him now he has retired.
Should have had the last farewell game.
It was a dead rubber, why not let him bat one last time?
You know he wasnt that bad a player. Played far too many games though and ended on a bad note like many Pakistani players who play for too long.
He should retire immediately from international T20 also imo
I think he should have retired after Champions Trophy 2017
Feel sad for him tbh.
It's such an awkward position to be in but you can't say he doesn't deserve this. If he didn't skive a match each time we had a difficult tour or if he tried to adjust perhaps his ending would have been better. I know he can be better than average just 13. Even a lalu batsman can make the odd fifty here and there but Malik he's a coward. Long ago he settled that he could not score in England or New Zealand.
I was a big fan of his batting back when they were playing in Pakistan. Since then though he's not done anything of note and should have retired in 2017. It's quite sad because I remember Dean Jones saying he had the potential to be the best batsman in the world but he never lived up to it.
ODI batting average: 34
Average in England: 12
He batted one game too many. Ever since he was dropped we have started winning.
Guard of Honour at the Home of cricket.
Guard of honour? Deserves slaps of honour.
His career feels very underwhelming. Feels like it got extended a bit too long. He should have retired sooner.
He still intends to be part of T20i team
Both him hafeez bought nothing to pakistan cricket bar constant failures, good riddance
The only good part of his career was 2-3 years prior to CT17. I feel like him playing for two decades took away a lot from us fans in terms of opportunity lost in developing other good players, not to mention his part in dividing the team prior to 2009. Overall, his career lasting decades left a lot of bitter memories for many of us frustrated by a system where his mediocrity outranked talent and merit again and again.
Here is a great article from cricinfo that sums up the absurdity of his continued selection:
Pakistan's think tanks are to blame for the Shoaib Malik problem
Thank you for your services Malik.
287 ODI matches. 5th highest run scorer for Pakistan ever. 12th highest wicket taker (5th amongst spinners)
Yes he had a few poor years in cricket. Most notably 2019, which some could argue cost Pakistan the World Cup. 2019 is the year that people will remember the most about him.
Having said that some of the criticism on him is very unfair. As he mentioned yesterday, judging a 20 year long career by just 5-10 matches is quite unjust.
The guard of honour was further evidence that this seniority problem won’t go away.
No need for that. If he wanted a guard of honour or anything, just select him for a Bekaar bilateral game after the World Cup and send him off on a magic carpet for all I care.
It was already a Hafeez testimonial game with his never ending useless overs...and when we finally got rid of him from one end, we got more Hafeez from the other end.
And what a game he had, vintage performance - holed out to in the deep to midwicket yet again. Who said he was inconsistent?
Hafeez isn't going anywhere