PCB likely to award central contract to Shoaib Malik

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, who has been cleared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Integrity Committee for selection in the national team, is likely to get a central contract from the board.

The lobby that pushed for Malik’s clearance and return to the national side, is now pushing for the seasoned all-rounder to get a central contract as soon as possible, but the official said that a decision in this regard was solely the discretion of PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt, the Daily Times reports.

“The chairman of the board will take a decision on Malik’s central contract and [that] which category he should be given. But there is no doubt he is now one of the few senior players in the side,” a PCB official was quoted as saying.

After being cleared, Malik had said that he had “already lost a lot of valuable time”, but vowed to cover up for it by making an impressive comeback.

“Playing for Pakistan is my greatest joy and honour. I am very happy to be cleared for which I was very much hopeful,” The Express Tribune quoted Malik, as saying.

“The last year was very tough on me, and not playing the 2011 World Cup was the biggest tragedy of my life, but now I will do my best and perform for my country whenever I get a chance,” he added.

Malik was the second-highest run-scorer in the Quaide Azam Trophy Division One last season with 799 runs at an average of over 73.


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