Pakistan had quite a superb run at the T20 World Cup , after what was a disastrous start. They managed to reach the finalsof the mega tournament only to finish runners-up as they were defeated in the marquee clash by eventual champions England. However, before the tournament began there was quite some controversy surrounding the non-selection of veteran Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik in the team for the tournament.
In a cryptic tweet, Shoaib Malik, after his ommission from the T20 World Cup sqaud, took a dig on the Pakistan team and selectors claiming that they only select teams based on friendship and not talent
Almost a month after the T20 World Cup final, Shoaib Malik has once again re ignited the debate as he claimed that during the Asia Cup 2022 , Babar Azam had personally told him that the same team at the continental tournament will be travelling to Australia for the T20 World Cup.
“Mujhe nahi pata inside news kya hai, lekin Babar ne mujhe Asia Cup me bola tha ki World Cup me ye hi team jaayegi. Uski side se sab communicate hota raha, vo mere se achhe terms pe hai. Main usko apna chhota bhai samajhta hu, uski grooming ya help out karne me, ya jab bhi usko discuss karni hai cheezein, main hamesha se vahan hu aur rahunga. (I don’t know what’s the inside news, but Babar Azam told me during the Asia Cup that the same team will be picked for the World Cup. He was in constant communication with me, and he is still on good terms with me. I consider him my younger brother, and I’m always ready to help him out.),” Malik said on Cricket Pakistan.
Shoaib Malik has also stated that he does not hold a grudge against him and wants him to grow as a player. “Main aisa nahi hu ki agar main kisi vajah se team me nahi aaya, toh main naaraz ho jau ya muh bana lu. Main aisa bilkul nahi hu. Main karunga bhi nahi aisa. Meri duaa hai uske saath, main chahta hu vo grow kare aur Pakistan team ko, aur uski performances ko top of the table rakhe. (I don’t hold a grudge against him. I’m not like that. I want him to grow and I want Pakistan to be on top),” he added.