Shoaib Malik

Shoaib Malik

Full name Shoaib Malik
Born February 1, 1982, Sialkot, Punjab
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Major teams Pakistan, Asia XI, Delhi Daredevils, Gloucestershire, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Reserves, Sialkot Cricket Association, Sialkot Stallions
Relation Brother Adeel Malik | Wife Sania Mirza

Shoaib Malik is a Pakistani cricket player and former captain. He made his One-Day International debut in 1999 against the West Indies and his Test debut in 2001 against Bangladesh. He has taken over 100 ODI wickets, and has a batting average in the mid 30s in both Test and ODI cricket. His bowling action has come under scrutiny (particularly his doosra) but he has had elbow surgery to correct this. Malik was ranked second, behind teammate Shahid Afridi, in the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings in June 2008. In March 2010, Malik received a one-year ban from international cricket from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB); the ban was overturned two months later.

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Personal life

In 2008, media reports in Pakistan surfaced that Malik has married Ayesha Siddiqui, a woman from Hyderabad, India, on 3 June 2002. Malik denied these allegations saying his marriage plans with the woman did not go through, because of a lack of consensus between both the families. In April 2010, Siddiqui’s family released Shoaib-Ayesha ‘marriage’ certificate (Nikahnama). On April 2, 2010, Malik said he plans to sue Siddiqui’s family for “indulging in character assassination”. On April 7, 2010 Malik confirmed his marriage with Siddiqui and signed the Talaq (divorce) papers.

On 12 April 2010, Malik married Indian tennis player Sania Mirza in an Islamic wedding ceremony at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Hyderabad, India for a mahr of INR61 lakh (US$137,500).


Shoaib Malik first played tape-ball cricket in the streets as a child. He began to take playing cricket seriously in 1993/94 when he attended Imran Khan’s coaching clinics in Sialkot. He began as a batsman only developing on his bowling later. He used to get in trouble with his family for playing cricket, as they wanted him to focus on his education. In 1996, Malik attended trials for the U-15 World Cup. He was selected in the squad for his bowling.

In May 2001, Malik’s bowling action was inspected. The PCB group of bowling advisers concluded that his stock off-spinner was legal, although his delivery going the other way was not. He was encouraged to concentrate on his off-spin and to practice bowling his other delivery without bending his arm. In a One Day International (ODI) against England in June 2001, Malik suffered a fractured right shoulder after falling awkwardly while attempting to take a catch.

Malik was approached by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in July 2003 to act as a replacement for Ian Harvey, who was on international duty with Australia. John Bracewell, the club’s director of cricket, commented that he was “excited by the prospect of signing an international spinning all-rounder to replace Ian during the Cheltenham Festival and the C&G semi-finals. He will add a new and refreshing dimension to the squad … which is in keeping with our playing philosophy to both win and entertain”. He sufficiently impressed in two County Championship and three one-day matches that resulted in renewing of his contract for the 2004 season. Mark Alleyne, the club’s head coach, remarked that “Shoaib did very well for us last year in the short time he was with us and fitted in very well. He is a gifted all-rounder who is worthy of a place in either discipline and as a 21 year old, he can only get better and I am really pleased at having him in my squad”. Over the course of his two seasons at Gloucestershire, Malik played eight first-class matches, scoring 214 runs at an average of 17.83 with two fifties and taking 15 wickets at an average of 45.06, with best bowling figures of 3/76. He also played twelve one-day matches, scoring 345 runs at an average of 43.12 with three fifties and taking 10 wickets at an average of 47.60, with best bowling figures of 3/28.

In October 2004, Malik was reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for having a “potentially flawed bowling action”; eight months later, his action was cleared. In the intervening period, Malik was used mainly as a batsman. He was also given a one-Test ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board after admitting to deliberately losing a Twenty20 match for the Sialkot Stallions against Karachi Zebras to knock Lahore Eagles out of the Faysal Bank T20 Cup. The inquiry concluded that the incident “damaged Pakistan’s cricketing image and had shown disrespect to the crowd”, but that “his actions were not part of any match-fixing with no financial implications, but were an immature attempt to express his disappointment at earlier decisions in the competition that he felt went against his side”.

During his Test career, Malik has batted at 5 different positions and has the unusual record of batting at every position except 11th in ODIs. Pakistan’s problems in finding a reliable opening pair have led to Malik being used as an opener in Test and ODI matches. In Test cricket, he made a big impression with his match-saving innings against Sri Lanka in 2006, during which he batted for the whole day and finished with 148 runs not out. His bowling has been effective at times, especially in one-day cricket where his best bowling figures are four wickets for 19 runs (4/19) in addition to many 3-wicket hauls.

On the international stage Malik struggled in England. In 12 ODIs across four tours between 2001 and 2006 he scored 98 runs at an average of 8.16, with just two scores above 20, far below his career ODI average of 34.35. Of people who have played at least eight ODIs in England, Malik’s is the furthest below his overall average.

Batting and Fielding Averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 32 54 6 1606 148* 33.45 3617 44.40 2 8 209 13 16 0
ODIs 216 193 25 5490 143 32.67 7013 78.28 7 31 460 61 75 0
T20Is 59 55 13 959 57* 22.83 901 106.43 0 3 77 18 26 0
First-class 113 175 20 5626 200 36.29 15 25 58 0
List A 307 265 42 8348 143 37.43 14 49 120 0
Twenty20 179 168 48 4551 88* 37.92 3731 121.97 0 30 380 115 74 0

Bowling Averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 32 37 2245 1291 21 4/42 4/94 61.47 3.45 106.9 1 0 0
ODIs 216 170 6768 5128 141 4/19 4/19 36.36 4.54 48.0 1 0 0
T20Is 59 24 308 355 16 2/7 2/7 22.18 6.91 19.2 0 0 0
First-class 113 13461 6603 226 7/81 29.21 2.94 59.5 8 1
List A 307 11516 8587 276 5/35 5/35 31.11 4.47 41.7 7 1 0
Twenty20 179 111 1870 2183 90 5/13 5/13 24.25 7.00 20.7 1 2 0

Shoaib Malik News

Pakistan, England gear up for World Twenty20 26 Nov 2015

Dubai – Former champions Pakistan will face England in a three-match Twenty20 series in Dubai from Thursday as they begin to settle their squads for next year’s World Twenty20. Pakistan finished runners-up in the first edition of the Wor...

Buttler’s fastest ton steers England to series win 21 Nov 2015

Dubai – Jos Buttler hit the fastest one-day hundred by an Englishman to guide England to an 84-run win over Pakistan in the fourth and final day-night international in Dubai on Friday for a 3-1 series triumph. Buttler’s 52-ball 116 not o...

Pakistan’s Wasim out, Akmal in for England Twenty20 series 21 Nov 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – Fast-rising allrounder Imad Wasim has been ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 series against England starting next week after failing to recover from a hand injury, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced Friday. Whil...

Waqar refutes fixing claims in Sharjah one-dayer 21 Nov 2015

Dubai – Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis Friday brushed aside British tabloid claims of match-fixing against his team in their six-wicket defeat in the third one-day international against England in Sharjah earlier this week. British tab...

Umar dropped from Twenty20 squad pending inquiry 12 Nov 2015

Lahore (Pakistan) – Pakistan has left talented but inconsistent batsman Umar Akmal out of the squad for the three-match Twenty20 series against England on disciplinary grounds, the chief selector said Thursday. The 25-year-old Umar was a...

Pakistan, England tune up for ODIs with warm-up wins 9 Nov 2015

Abu Dhabi – Pakistan and England tuned up for their four-match one-day series with comfortable wins against minnows Nepal and Hong Kong respectively in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Pakistan beat Nepal by 121 runs while England thumped Hong Kong ...

Rising Pakistan thump England for 2-0 series win 5 Nov 2015

Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – The spin trio of Shoaib Malik, Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar shared nine wickets between them as Pakistan beat England by 127 runs in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Thursday. Shah finished with fo...

Pakistan grab two wickets as England seek series-levelling win 4 Nov 2015

Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Pakistan grabbed two early wickets to hit England hard in their chase of a 284-run target as the third and final Test heads for an intriguing finish after day four in Sharjah on Wednesday. England were 46...

Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik retires from Tests 4 Nov 2015

Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) – Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from Test cricket after he failed in the second innings of the third Test against England in Sharjah on Tuesday. The 33-year-old only made a c...

Shoaib Malik ready for first Test in five years 13 Oct 2015

Abu Dhabi – Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said he was well geared up to stage a comeback in the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi starting on Tuesday — his first match in the longer format for five years. Malik played the la...

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