Waqar Younis discusses Shoaib Malik’s snub from Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad

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Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik has not been able to make the cut for this year’s ICC T20 World Cup and has joined an expert panel for the same.

The PCB has shown no interest in selecting Malik this year although he was a part of last year’s T20 World Cup.

The other experts on this panel are Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Misbah-ul-Haq and they all had their say on Shoaib Malik.

All this started when a fan asked a question about why Imad Wasim has left Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad.

Younis says that Wasim wants to play more in international T20 leagues.

In between this, he also made a lengthy remark on Shoaib Malik and produced him as an example.

Said Younis on A Sports,

He (Imad Wasim) was off-the-boil. You need to respect the first-class cricket. If you go around the world and play other leagues, you are basically not respecting your first-class cricket. Those who are performing in local tournaments should be considered. Selectors were very clear about it.

Younis then turned towards Malik and said that the veteran all-rounder also could have chosen to play in international leagues around the world.

But, Malik didn’t and preferred to play first-class cricket instead because he still wants to represent Pakistan at the international level.

Says Younis,

I’ll give you the prime example here. This man (Shoaib Malik) is sitting here. Don’t you think he could have gone to play CPL and other leagues? He could have. But he gave himself a chance to play for Pakistan in this World Cup. Unfortunately he wasn’t selected for the World Cup and that’s fine. You tried your best and you have your best shot.

Adding further he said,

He made the sacrifice. That’s the risk you had to take.

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