Passing through toughest phase of my life: Malik on WC snub

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has admitted that he is passing through the toughest phase of his life after being ignored by the national selectors for the ICC World Cup next month.

Malik, who failed to make it to the national squad despite finishing among the top performers in the domestic Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with four centuries, said, "It has not been a easy time for me in the last few months."

"It is a tough phase and being ignored for the World Cup without any creditable reason has been very disappointing," Malik said in an interview.

Malik, who turns 29 next month, has represented Pakistan in 32 Tests, 32 Twenty20 matches and 192 One-day internationals. He has been out of favour with the PCB and selectors after being dropped for the one-day series against England last September.

He was also ignored for the series in New Zealand and the World Cup with the cricket board not giving clearance to the selectors to consider him.

The board`s integrity committee met Malik twice and asked him to submit relevant documents as it investigated his assets, bank accounts and sources of income.

To make matters worse for Malik, a lawyer in Lahore filed a civil suit demanding the court to investigate the assets of the former captain.

"It has been disappointing to be ignored like this and it is hard to come to terms with what is happening. But what hurts is that I know I am in the best form of my life and if I had been picked in the World Cup I would have done a lot for the team," Malik said.

The senior player said that he was reconciling to the situation and preparing for a tough battle to convince the board and selectors to select him.

"Cricket is my passion and life and despite all disappointments and setbacks I remain positive about the future. I know I have done nothing wrong and I will make a comeback soon.”

"No one can separate me from cricket and I will continue to perform in domestic cricket and let everyone know I am around," he said.