Amidst recent criticism of Babar Azam’s captaincy, veteran Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik has spoken out in praise of the national cricket team captain. In an interview with Cricket Pakistan, Malik commended Azam for his consistent performances across all formats, and revealed that he often talks about Pakistan cricket with him.
“Babar has performed exceptionally well in every format and in every corner of the world. He is a world-class player, and I always want him to become a better batsman,” said Malik. However, he clarified that he does not discuss anything related to his inclusion in the team with Babar.
Malik, who is 41 years old, also shared his plans for retirement, stating that he still has goals to achieve. “I am not thinking about retiring from T20 cricket. My aim is to score 15,000 runs and take 200 T20 wickets. Whenever I feel that my performance is not up to the mark or I am getting bored, then I will say goodbye to every format of cricket,” he said.
He also said that he has stopped thinking about making a comeback for the Pakistan team and that he is always available to offer his advice to the team or management.