New Delhi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said on Sunday that no report has been filed by any umpire or match referee regarding the bowling action of all-rounder Shoaib Malik, during the ongoing domestic Quaid-i-Azam Trophy matches. They also stated that the media reports in this connection are totally baseless.
“We have not received any report on Shoaib Malik’s bowling action from any umpire or referee during the Quaid Trophy,” a PCB spokesman said. “We have investigated the news appearing in the media and found them baseless.”
Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik himself had stated on Friday that he was completely focused on making a return to the Pakistan team. He is hoping to make it for the World Cup 2015, and has been making utmost efforts to find a place in the team.
The Pakistani international also added that the news about his bowling action is baseless. He further said that he is regularly playing four-day games and will not hesitate to play for club and league matches.
Pakistan tour New Zealand next and the all-rounder added that he would be thrilled if the selectors considered him for the upcoming New Zealand series. “If given a chance against the Kiwis in either the ODIs or the Tests, I assure the selectors that I will not disappoint them and will prove that I have enough cricket left in me,” he said.
“There is of course limited scope of playing a long innings at number six or seven in the ODIs, but I would love to play Test cricket again and show my mettle in the five-day games.”
Earlier last week, reports suggested that Malik had come under scrutiny for his bowling action in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first class tournament while captaining his bank, ZTBL against Karachi Dolphins at the national stadium.
Although still to be officially reported to the Pakistan Cricket Board by the match officials, Malik has been out of favour with the selectors for a while now.
Malik, 32, last played for Pakistan in the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh this year but his last Test appearance was in August, 2010 and his last ODI appearance in the Champions Trophy last year, in England.
With input from agencies.