Shoaib Malik, who was born on 1 February 1982 is a cricketer and former captain of Pakistan team. He made his One-Day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against
Shoaib Malik, who was born on 1 February 1982 is a cricketer and former captain of Pakistan team. He made his One-Day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh. Malik was ranked second, behind teammate Shahid Afridi, in the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings in June 2008.
Shoaib Malik began playing cricket in 1993 when he attended Imran Khan's coaching clinics in Sialkot. He began as a batsman, and developed his bowling later.
In 1996, Malik attended trials for the U-15 World Cup. He was selected in the squad for his bowling.
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. 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.
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.
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. 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 and taking 15 wickets at an average of 45.06, with best bowling figures of 3/76. He also played twelve one-day matches, scoring 345 runs at an average of 43.12 with three fifties and taking 10 wickets at an average of 47.60, with best bowling figures of 3/28.
In October 2004, Malik was reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for having a flawed bowling action but eight months later, his action was cleared. In the intervening period, Malik was used mainly as a batsman. 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 as his actions were not part of any match-fixing with no financial implications, but were only an immature attempt to express his disappointment at earlier decisions in the competition that he felt went against his side.
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.
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. Pakistan's coach, Bob Woolmer, was a strong advocate of Malik's case to become captain. 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. 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. At the age of just 25, he was Pakistan's fourth youngest captain.
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.
In March 2010, Shoaib Malik was given a one-year ban from the national team by the PCB but on 29 May 2010, Malik's ban was overturned and his Rs 2 million fine halved. He was subsequently named in the 2010 Asia Cup squad. Pakistan did not make the final of the four-team tournament, and Malik played in two matches, amassing 47 runs.
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 80.4 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.
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. He was appointed the captain of the Karachi kings in the first PSL tournament. His team under his captaincy won only two matches in the whole tournament which also affected his own performance. In the last match, he handed over the captaincy to Ravi Bopara and appeared as a player in the match.
On 12 April 2010, Malik married international Indian tennis player Sania Mirza at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad, India followed by Walima ceremony held in Lahore, Pakistan.