ISLAMABAD: Former Skipper Shoaib Malik wants to play for Pakistan in all three formats saying the hunger is still there and the best cricketing age for a batsman is from 30 to 37 years.
Malik said he is playing the twenty over format more than any other format as he is not getting the opportunities to play in Test cricket or one days then that just leaves T20s for him.
Talking about the future captaincy of Pakistan, Malik said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should speak with Misbah-ul-Haq about his plans for the future and ask him how long he wishes to carry on in international cricket.
“There has to be some clarity and dialogue between the Board and Misbah on his future as only then can a successor
be groomed,” Malik told Pakpassion.net.
Malik said there has to be consistency in the selection of captains and the approach in selecting a captain irrespective of whether that captain is an inexperienced player or an experienced cricketer.
“The captain has to be given a decent amount of time to impose himself and his ideas on his players. Give the captain two or three years at least and give him clear goals and targets so there is no ambiguity and ill feeling if that captain has to be replaced at the end of those two to three years,” he said.
Speaking about not receiving a central contract, Malik said if the Board wants to see improvements in Pakistani cricketing affairs, then they need to be consistent in the way they handle all matters.
“We are really lacking in consistency in Pakistan cricket,” he said adding a player doesn’t even know if he will be playing in the next match or the next series as there is no consistency in selection and this is where we are light years behind other countries.
However talking about playing county cricket with Warwickshire, Malik said the feedback from his team mates and the team management has been awesome. “I am giving my 100% to the team’s cause and I have really been enjoying my cricket,” he said.