Shoaib Malik breaks silence over playing alongside Shahid Afridi

Shoaib Malik breaks silence over playing alongside Shahid Afridi

ISLAMABAD - Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik is relishing the opportunity to play alongside former Pakistan captain and flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, during the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

While speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Malik said Afridi still has a lot to offer in the field and he is glad to have him in the Multan Sultans squad.

“He was also a team mate recently in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) with Comilla Victorians and I have played alongside him in other teams in the past too,” said Malik. “Afridi is still playing solid cricket and as a former national team mate and captain of Multan, I’m happy for him to be in our team as he is one of the very few players out there who can single-handedly change the game with their bowling and or batting and sometimes even with their fielding.”

Malik believes that Sultans have assembled a good squad for the next season but losing former Australia captain Steve Smith — due to injury — is a major loss.

“We are a solid team yes and cover all the key roles with some of Pakistan’s and world cricket’s best, but I don’t want to say too much at this time,” he said. “Losing Steve Smith is a huge loss and we have to figure out how to tackle that loss. Hopefully, we will have more to talk about this subject on March 17 after the PSL final happens.”

Speaking about the national team’s success in the shortest format of the game, Malik said: “We have worked hard as a unit and we have every right to be the world’s No 1 T20 team and we must enjoy and cherish this time with everything we have as things in cricket don’t remain the same forever.”.