Reactions are pouring in on the microblogging platform after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday announced that all-rounder Shoaib Malik has been named in the Pakistan squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
As being reported, Sohaib underwent MRI scans for the lower back on Thursday after picking up the injury during the October 6 match against Northern and consequently missed the October 7 match against Central Punjab.
Shoaib Malik captained Pakistan in the inaugural event in 2007 and was a member of the side that won the tournament in 2009.
He missed the West Indies event in 2010 but featured in 2012, 2014, and 2016 tournaments.
On Oct. 8, he became the only third batter to go past 11,000 runs in men’s T20s.
So now Shoaib Malik is to play in yet another T20 World Cup and here is how Twitter reacts to the news:
Shoaib Malik's average is 18.37 and has no fifty in 25 matches he's played in Global Events (WC, T20WC, CT) in last 10 years. But he had a very good PSL 2021 (354 runs at SR 149) due to which Pakistan are looking at his experience one again. Hope it pays off this time. #T20WC— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) October 9, 2021
Sharjeel not picked though most deserving may be due to his tainted past. However with Shoaib Malik coming in to replace injured Sohaib Maqsood, it further strengthens the team. @iRashidLatif68 I feel one can’t challenge @iramizraja stance if it’s about zero tolerance to fixing.— Dr. Nauman Niaz (@DrNaumanNiaz) October 9, 2021
Good to see Shoaib Malik recalled for the T20 World Cup. As a senior and experienced player he can contribute big time for Pakistan. All the best 👍 https://t.co/i2SMfZaWOV— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) October 9, 2021
SHOAIB MALIK.— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) October 2, 2021
From 1990s to 2020s – four decades !
970 professional games, collective 28,954 runs, 50s x 168, 100s x 33, bowled 5,372 overs and took 721 wickets across all formats of game. What a showman. Still fit as he was in his early days. pic.twitter.com/tcuYsQA5Pd