Shoaib Malik appointed Pakistan cricket captain

All rounder Shoaib Malik has succeeded Inzamam Ul Haq as captain of Pakistan. Inzamam had announced his retirement from the game after Pakistan’s early exit at the World Cup and the tragedy of Bob Woolmer’s murder.

Malik, at 25, is a bit of an exception to the ” seniority first” rule. He does have an excellent cricket brain, and is a rare example of someone who can both attack as well as defend at will. He is no stranger to pressure, and has a relatively cool head on his shoulders. Plus he can also bowl, and is technically the first all rounder to lead Pakistan since Wasim Akram. He still is more of a batting allrounder.

All rounders have generally done well as captains of Pakistan- Imran Khan and Wasim Akram are examples of that. Both were bowling all rounders though.

Shoaib has played 18 tests and close to 130+ ODI’s. Being skipper of Pakistan is not the easiest job in the world, especially with rifts, hierarchy problems, and a nation which demands nothing but success. Younis Khan had earlier rejected the job because of the mental stress that came along with it.

For Malik to command the respect of seniors and juniors alike will not be an easy task, but the young man does have age on his side. Javed Miandad and Javed Burki are the only guys in Pakistan history who were younger than Malik when they became captains. They did not last very long though, and I assume Malik should stress on the present and the future, rather than dwell on the past.

Malik is the 25th Test captain of Pakistan. Best of luck, young man 🙂

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2 Comments »

  1. Alex said

    That’s a plus after their coach died and the dissapointing lost at the Internation Cricket Cup

  2. Nazia said

    Decision of Cricket Board, shoaib malik is the captain of pakistan cricket team is very lovely.

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