KARACHI: Shoaib Malik’s Asia Cup snub triggered rumours that he might have played his last international.
However, a solid show on the domestic circuit, including a triumphant Super Eight T20 Cup campaign has not only helped regain the selectors’ trust but also attract county cricket offers.
Malik was dropped from the national team after repeated failures but he bounced back strongly, bagging the man-of-the-tournament award while leading PIA to the National One-Day Cup – scoring 353 runs while taking 14 wickets – and scored a useful half-century in the final of the Twenty20 event.
“The coach and the selectors are very impressed by Malik’s show,” an official close to the team management told The Express Tribune. “Malik’s experience is an added advantage and he’s likely to make a comeback.”
Meanwhile, Malik has also attracted Hampshire and Essex’s interest for their domestic Twenty20 event. Nothing, however, has been confirmed as the negotiations go on.
‘Not looking beyond comeback’
Malik, while refusing to comment on the county offers, said he was eyeing a comeback.
“Making a comeback is my priority,” said Malik. “I’ll keep on working hard in order to achieve that. I’ve made myself available for selection and will only opt for other opportunities according to the team’s schedule.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 4th, 2012.