The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that Shoaib Malik has been named in the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup after Sohaib Maqsood was ruled out due to a back injury sustained during the National T20 Cup.
Sohaib had MRI tests on his lower back on Thursday after suffering an injury in the encounter against Northern on October 6 and missing the match against Central Punjab on October 7.
“Sohaib is heartbroken to miss out on the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, since he had worked hard for this event and was in brilliant form,” said chief selector Muhammad Wasim.
We sympathise with him, but sports injuries are unavoidable. I’m confident that following rehab, he’ll be totally recovered and ready for future tasks.
“In his stead, we have chosen to incorporate Shoaib Malik in the side, following consultations with the team management.” Shoaib’s experience would undoubtedly prove beneficial to the entire team.”
Shoaib Malik led Pakistan to victory in the first tournament in 2007 and was a member of the 2009 winning team. He competed in the 2012, 2014, and 2016 West Indies tournaments after missing the 2010 edition.