Shoaib Malik says he is motivated to return to Pak team

Updated: Apr 11, 2012, 17:19 PM IST

Lahore: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has said he could be in contention for national selection after leading his sides to domestic one-day and Twenty20 titles.

He led Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to the National One-day Cup title while finishing it as the leading scorer and second on the list of wicket-takers. Two weeks later, he led Sialkot Stallions to the National Super Eight T-20 Cup.

Malik was called for a fitness assessment at the National Cricket Academy.

“I know I have a lot of cricket left. The PCB knows what I am capable of and how I can make a difference by being in the team. I am fit and in the best form. There is always a bad patch in every player’s life but that doesn’t mean he is done with his cricket – that’s not the case,” he said.

Malik last represented Pakistan in the ODI series against England in UAE, but was dropped for the Asia Cup, a leading daily reports.

“I am very motivated to try and get back into the side. There is always a time in your life when you are tested but what’s important is that you stand tall and look for the best out of the worst. I have played some great match-winning knocks for the country that earned me a great reputation both on and off the field,” he said.

Malik’s previous comeback attempts proved to be disappointing and he failed to impress against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England.