Shoaib Malik

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Shoaib Malik
شعیب ملک
Shoaib Malik.jpg
Malik in Mumbai in 2012.
Personal information
Born (1982-02-01) 1 February 1982 (age 33)
Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 169) 29 August 2001 v Bangladesh
Last Test 9 August 2010 v England
ODI debut (cap 128) 14 October 1999 v West Indies
Last ODI 11 July 2015 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 18
T20I debut (cap 10) 28 August 2006 v England
Last T20I 1 August 2015 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
2004/05–2006/07 Sialkot Stallions
2003–2004 Gloucestershire
2001/02–2006/07 Sialkot
1999/00 Pakistan Reserves
1998/99–present PIA
1997/98–1998/99 Gujranwala
2008 Delhi Daredevils
2013–present Barbados Tridents
2013–present Hobart Hurricanes
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 32 224 113 307
Runs scored 1,606 5,829 5,626 8,348
Batting average 33.45 33.88 36.29 37.43
100s/50s 2/8 8/33 15/25 14/49
Top score 148* 143 200 143
Balls bowled 2,245 6,966 13,416 11,516
Wickets 21 143 226 276
Bowling average 61.47 37.07 29.21 31.11
5 wickets in innings 0 0 8 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 4/42 4/19 7/81 5/35
Catches/stumpings 16/– 77/– 58/– 120/–
Source: CricketArchive; cricinfo, 20 December 2013

Shoaib Malik (Punjabi, Urdu: شعیب ملک‎) (born 1 February 1982) is a Pakistani cricket player and former captain. He made his One-Day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh. He has taken over 100 ODI wickets, and has a batting average in the mid 30s in both Test and ODI cricket. His bowling action has come under scrutiny (particularly his doosra) but he has had elbow surgery to correct this. Malik was ranked second, behind teammate Shahid Afridi, in the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings in June 2008[1] In March 2010, Malik received a one-year ban from international cricket from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB); the ban was overturned two months later.[2]

Early career[edit]

Shoaib Malik first played tape-ball cricket in the streets as a child. He began playing cricket seriously in 1993/94 when he attended Imran Khan's coaching clinics in Sialkot. He began as a batsman, and developed his bowling later. He used to get in trouble with his family for playing cricket, as they wanted him to focus on his education. In 1996, Malik attended trials for the U-15 World Cup. He was selected in the squad for his bowling.[3]

In May 2001, Malik's bowling action was inspected. The PCB group of bowling advisers concluded that his stock off-spinner was legal, although his delivery going the other way was not. He was encouraged to concentrate on his off-spin and to practice bowling his other delivery without bending his arm.[4] In a One Day International (ODI) against England in June 2001, Malik suffered a fractured right shoulder after falling awkwardly while attempting to take a catch.[5]

Malik was approached by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in July 2003 to act as a replacement for Ian Harvey, who was on international duty with Australia. John Bracewell, the club's director of cricket, commented that he was "excited by the prospect of signing an international spinning all-rounder to replace Ian during the Cheltenham Festival and the C&G semi-finals. He will add a new and refreshing dimension to the squad ... which is in keeping with our playing philosophy to both win and entertain".[6] He sufficiently impressed in two County Championship and three one-day matches that resulted in renewing of his contract for the 2004 season. Mark Alleyne, the club's head coach, remarked that "Shoaib did very well for us last year in the short time he was with us and fitted in very well. He is a gifted all-rounder who is worthy of a place in either discipline and as a 21-year-old, he can only get better and I am really pleased at having him in my squad".[7] Over the course of his two seasons at Gloucestershire, Malik played eight first-class matches, scoring 214 runs at an average of 17.83 with two fifties[8] and taking 15 wickets at an average of 45.06, with best bowling figures of 3/76.[9] He also played twelve one-day matches, scoring 345 runs at an average of 43.12 with three fifties[10] and taking 10 wickets at an average of 47.60, with best bowling figures of 3/28.[11]

In October 2004, Malik was reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for having a "potentially flawed bowling action";[12] eight months later, his action was cleared.[13] In the intervening period, Malik was used mainly as a batsman.[14] He was also given a one-Test ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board after admitting to deliberately losing a Twenty20 match for the Sialkot Stallions against Karachi Zebras to knock Lahore Eagles out of the 2004–05 ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup. The inquiry concluded that the incident "damaged Pakistan's cricketing image and had shown disrespect to the crowd", but that "his actions were not part of any match-fixing with no financial implications, but were an immature attempt to express his disappointment at earlier decisions in the competition that he felt went against his side".[15]

During his Test career, Malik has batted at 5 different positions and has the unusual record of batting at every position except 11th in ODIs. Pakistan's problems in finding a reliable opening pair have led to Malik being used as an opener in Test and ODI matches. In Test cricket, he made a big impression with his match-saving innings against Sri Lanka in 2006, during which he batted for the whole day and finished with 148 runs not out. His bowling has been effective at times, especially in one-day cricket where his best bowling figures are four wickets for 19 runs (4/19) in addition to many 3-wicket hauls.

On the international stage Malik struggled in England. In 12 ODIs across four tours between 2001 and 2006 he scored 98 runs at an average of 8.16, with just two scores above 20, far below his career ODI average of 34.35. Of players who have played at least eight ODIs in England, Malik's is the furthest below his overall average.[16]

Pakistan captaincy[edit]

Following Inzamam-ul-Haq's resignation as Pakistan captain after the 2007 World Cup, Malik was put forward as one of the names for the captaincy along with Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf. After Younus Khan's rejection, Malik was the popular choice as a younger player and was seen to represent a fresh start after the Inzamam era.

Pakistan's coach, Bob Woolmer, was a strong advocate of Malik's case to become captain; in Woolmer's opinion Malik was "the sharpest tactical tack among his group ... a real presence on the field".[17] Former skipper Imran Khan also backed Malik for the role, stating "He appears to have a good cricket brain and could turn out to be a very good choice for Pakistan cricket".[18] Malik was appointed captain on 19 April 2007 by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), his experience considering his relatively young age and consistent performances were cited as other reasons for his appointment.[18] At the age of just 25, he was Pakistan's fourth youngest captain.[17]

In Malik's first series as captain, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka 2–1 in an ODI series in Abu Dhabi. His next assignments were home Test and ODI series against South Africa, which Pakistan lost 1–0 and 3–2 respectively. 3–2 was the score in favour of India when Pakistan subsequently played an ODI series against their arch-rivals. Malik hit 89 and took three wickets in the final match, which Pakistan won by 31 runs.

Malik's captaincy lasted two years. A report by the coach and manager criticised his leadership, claiming that Malik was "a loner, aloof and involved in his own little world, which is OK but not when the team required a fully committed captain  We do not see any meaningful communication between players and captain other than his five-minute talk during the team meeting".[17] Younis Khan took over as captain on 27 January 2009[19] after a poor performance against Sri Lanka saw Malik step down.[19] In his two-year tenure as captain, Malik lead his country in two Tests, losing two and drawing one,[20] and 36 ODIs, of which Pakistan won 24,[21] and 17 T20Is, winning 12.[22]


In March 2010, Shoaib Malik was given a one-year ban from the national team by the PCB, who charged him for infighting within the team. It was part of a dramatic cull of players after Pakistan's winless tour of Australia, resulting in the fining or banning of seven players.[23] Two months later Lancashire County Cricket Club approached Malik to play for them during Twenty20 Cup. He agreed, saying "When Lancashire approached me to come and play for them I didn't hesitate in saying yes. I love playing cricket in England and the opportunity to play with a club of Lancashire's reputation was too good to pass up".[18] On 29 May 2010, Malik's ban was overturned and his Rs 2 million fine halved.[2] He was subsequently named in the 2010 Asia Cup squad,[24] and as a result, Malik pulled out of his contract with Lancashire.[25] Pakistan did not make the final of the four-team tournament,[26] and Malik played in two matches, amassing 47 runs.[27] Mailk was in Pakistan's squad to play Australia and England in England in June–August 2010, but was dropped from the side. A regular in the ODI side, over the previously 12 months he had averaged around 30 with the bat in ODIs, and excluding one score over 50, his batting average hovered around 20. Mohsin Khan, Pakistan's chairman of selectors, cited Malik's poor recent form as the reason for dropping him.[28]

Playing style[edit]

According to Cricinfo's Osman Samiuddin:[29]

(Malik's) batting repertoire doesn't burst forth with strokes; there remains a distinctly utilitarian appeal to it. His drives straight are generally checked, dispossessed of flourish and in his forward defensive prods, there is an exaggerated care, just to make fully sure. It doesn't mean elegance doesn't come to him, as a couple of cover drives off Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh to bring Pakistan nearer its hundred showed. Midwicket slogging also comes naturally to him, usually more effective than beautiful.

—Osman Samiuddin, 2006

Malik is regarded as a flexible player. He is capable of hitting big shots but is also capable of rotating the strike with good placement. He has a strike rate of 77.23 runs per 100 balls, which compares favourably to players such as Rahul Dravid and Inzamam ul-Haq. His most brazen display of "power hitting" came in 2003 against South Africa when he scored 82 from 41 balls. As is required of most modern players, he also has displayed good defensive batting at times.

Domestic Cricket[edit]

Shoaib Malik is captain of the Sialkot Stallions. He has led them to a record 8 domestic T20 titles with the most recent coming on 18 May 2015.[30]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, media reports in Pakistan surfaced that Malik has married Ayesha Siddiqui, a woman from Hyderabad, India, on 3 June 2002. Malik denied these allegations saying his marriage plans with the woman did not go through, because of a lack of consensus between their families.[31] In April 2010, Siddiqui's family released Shoaib-Ayesha 'marriage' certificate (Nikahnama).[32] On 2 April 2010, Malik said he was planning to sue Siddiqui's family for "indulging in character assassination".[33][34] On 7 April 2010 Malik confirmed his marriage with Siddiqui and signed the Talaq (divorce) papers.[35]

On 12 April 2010, Malik married Indian tennis player Sania Mirza[36] in an Islamic wedding ceremony at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad, India followed by Pakistani wedding customs[37][38] for a mahr of 6.1 million (US$137,500). Their Walima ceremony was held in Lahore, Pakistan.[39]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Shoaib Malik's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 148* 1  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2006 Drawn
2 134 3  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2009 Drawn

One Day International centuries[edit]

Shoaib Malik's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 111* 21  West Indies United Arab Emirates Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium 2002 Won
2 115 23  New Zealand Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2002 Won
3 118 70  Hong Kong Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2004 Won
4 143 72  India Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium 2004 Won
5 108 110  India Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2006 Lost
6 125* 165  India Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2008 Lost
7 128 183  India South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2009 Won
8 112 217  Zimbabwe Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2015 Won


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Preceded by
Pakistan Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Younis Khan