ISLAMABAD - Shoaib Malik has drawn in plenty of criticism following his back-to-back ducks against Australia and India.
Despite having a poor record in England, Pakistan team selectors and the team management have stuck with Malik on the expense of a more deserving Haris Sohail. Even Asif Ali would have been a better bet than Malik considering Malik’s not-so-great all-round abilities.
The 37-year-old is still being picked in the playing XI merely because of his seniority, something which has punished Pakistan badly in the World Cup and has been visible on the field as well.
A list of worst batting averages in the UK was issued recently and it mostly consists of England’s own players.
When it comes to numbers, Shoaib Malik has an average of 13.07 in the UK, finding himself in the company of England’s bowlers only.
Here are the worst batting averages ever in England (minimum 20 innings):
- 10.15 – James Anderson - 11.95 – Daren Gough - 12.83 – Graeme Swann - *13.07 – Shoaib Malik* - 13.55 Stuart Broad
The team management’s persistence with Malik raises a number of questions considering they already have other players to fill his shoes. Even Shadab and Imad have regularly shown that they have more potential as genuine allrounders if given a proper chance.