Malik aims for ODI comeback before World Cup

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has not given up hope of playing at the World Cup in February, saying he wants to use his T20 platforms to impress the selectors and get into the ODI squad.

The 32-year-old last played a one-dayer for Pakistan in June last year, but has been in impressive for as a T20 specialist. He was the top scorer in the Caribbean Premier League this year, and is now playing for Hobart in the Champions League T20.

Malik, who has seven ODI centuries, told the CLT20’s official website of his World Cup ambitions: “Well that is the aim at the moment.

“I have been playing cricket regularly for Pakistan over the past three to four years but have been on and off the side for a lot of time.

“I get picked, play a few games and then get dropped again which has been happening with me for quite some time now.

“If I get my chances I will play consistently for Pakistan.”

Despite his good form, Malik was not picked in the ODI squad for the upcoming series against Australia in the UAE, while veteran Younis Khan was dropped as Pakistan seek some consistency in the batting order.