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Malik in trouble for complaining
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter


Player:Shoaib Malik
Event:ICC Champions Trophy 2009/10

DateLine: 8th October 2009

 

Former pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has invited trouble with his criticism of the team's frequent batting reshuffle in the ICC Champions Trophy.

 

The PCB is now reviewing whether this amounts to contract violation.

 

Both skipper Younis Khan and coach Intikhab Alam vent anger on the former skipper after he blamed the team management for indulging in too much shuffling of the batting order in the Champions Trophy.

 

Malik, said one reason for the batsmen struggling for consistent form was because the team management shuffled around the batting order a lot.

 

"We are looking to see if Malik's statement is a violation of his central contract," said a PCB source.

 

Coach Alam said that as far as he was concerned no player could dictate to the team management which position he would bat on.

 

"I don't know why Malik made such a statement because if you want to play for Pakistan then you have to be prepared for a change in your batting order if the team requires this," Intikhab said.

 

"There is no attempt to disturb any player," he said.

 

Younis also made it clear that any one in the national team was required to be prepared to bat at any position if the team required this.

 

"I have myself opened the innings in Australia and batted at different positions, including at number three, this year against Sri Lanka. Being professional cricketers we have to adjust accordingly," he said.

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