Malik hopes selectors recognise CPL form

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Ousted Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik hopes his form in the Caribbean Premier League will prompt a return to his national side, and says he has at least five more years of international cricket in him.

Ousted Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik hopes his form in the Caribbean Premier League will prompt a return to his national side, and says he has at least five more years of international cricket in him.

Malik is the top run scorer in the CPL, where he plays for Barbados, and feels he has finally recovered from the injuries that hampered his form, and saw him dropped after the Champions Trophy.

He hasn't played Test cricket since 2010, and was left out of the tours to the West Indies and Zimbabwe, but has taken the chance with the Tridents with both hands and hopes the PCB selectors will come calling again soon.

The 31-year-old said: "Representing your country is the biggest thing, of course I want to play for my team, I want to do well for my country.

"I still think I can play for another five or six years. I am fit but I want to see myself consistent. I do not want to bat at number six anymore. I want to bat at number three or four."

Malik added of his current form: "I was struggling with my shoulder and my elbow but I have had surgery for my elbow and I have worked hard in the gym every day (since being dropped).

"Now I am absolutely fine. I can even bowl 30 overs in one day. I am very happy and I want to play as an all-rounder. That is my priority.

"It (CPL) is so far, so good (for me). I have played some good innings, (I have been) bowling also."

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