At 42 years old, Shoaib Malik has this physical status:
Shoaib Malik (born 1 February 1982) is a former Pakistani cricketer who competed for the Pakistan national cricket team and played for the Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League. (PSL).
He was the captain of the Pakistan national cricket team from 2007 to 2009.
He has served as an occasional captain of Pakistan's national cricket team.
In 1999, he made his One-Day International debut against the West Indies, as well as his Test debut against Bangladesh against Bangladesh in 2001.
He announced his retirement from Test cricket to a focus on the 2019 Cricket World Cup on November 3rd.
He became the first male cricketer to play 100 T20Is on July 2, 2018.
Since Pakistan won their last group stage match against Bangladesh at Lord's at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, on July 5, he announced his retirement from One Day International cricket. In both Test and ODI cricket, Shoaib Malik has taken over 150 ODI wickets and has a batting average in the mid 30s.
His bowling operation has come under fire (particularly his doosra), but he has had elbow surgery to fix it.
In the ICC ODI all-rounder rankings in June 2008, Malik came in second, behind teammate Shahid Afridi, in second place.
The Pakistan Cricket Board suspended Malik from international cricket for a year in March 2010, but the ban was reversed two months later.
Malik was the Pakistani highest run-scorer on September 13, 2017.
Malik became the first Asian batsman to score 2,000 runs in T20Is on July 1, 2018, and the third overall and first player to play 100 T20Is in the world. During the 2018 Caribbean Premier League tournament, in August 2018, he became the fourth batsman to reach 8,000 runs in T20s.
Following Pakistan's last match in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Shoaib announced his retirement from ODI cricket in July 2019.
On April 7, 2010, Malik divorced his wife Ayesha Sidddiqui. In a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding reception followed by Pakistani wedding traditions, Shoaib Malik married Indian Tennis player Sania Mirza on April 12, 2010. In Sialkot, Pakistan, their Walima function took place. Their wedding attracted national and international attention. On April 23, 2018, the two couples announced their first pregnancy via social media. On October 30, 2018, a boy, their first child, was born.
Malik was born in Sialkot. He first played tape-ball cricket in the streets as an infant. He began playing cricket in 1993-94 when he attended Imran Khan's coaching clinics in Sialkot. He began as a batsman and later developed his bowling technique. He used to get into trouble with his family for playing cricket, but his parents insisted that he concentrate on his education. Malik participated in the U-15 World Cup trials in 1996. He was selected in the squad for his bowling.
Malik's bowling operation was tested in May 2001. His off-spinner was legal, according to the PCB, but his delivery was not. He was encouraged to work on his off-spinding and to try bowling his other dish without bending his arm. In a One Day International (ODI) match against England in June 2001, Malik suffered a fractured right shoulder after collapsing awkwardly while trying to take a catch.
In July 2003, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club approached Malik to act as a replacement for Ian Harvey, who was on international service with Australia. The club's director of cricket, John Bracewell, expressed excitement over the prospect of signing an international spinning all-rounder to replace Ian at the Cheltenham Festival and the C&G semi-finals. He'll bring a new and exciting dimension to the sq uad, which is in accordance with our playing philosophy of both win and entertain. He was able to keep his deal for the 2004 season after being sufficiently successful in two county Championship and three one-day matches. "Shoaib did well for us last year," Mark Alleyne, the club's head coach, said, "In the short time he was with us and fit in very well. He is a natural all-rounder who is deserving of a place in either discipline and, as a 21-year-old, he can only get better, and I am so happy to have him in my squad." Malik played eight first-class matches, scoring 214 runs on an average of 17.83 with two fifties and taking 15 wickets at an average of 45.06, with highest bowling figures of 3/76. He also played 12 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.
Malik was sent by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in October 2004 for a "potentially flawed bowling attempt"; eight months later, his case was ruled. Malik was primarily used as a batsman in the intervening period. After admitting to purposefully missing a Twenty20 match against Karachi Zebras, the Lahore Eagles were kicked out of the 2004-05 ABN-AMRO Twenty-20 Cup was fined Rs10,000 and was given a one-Test ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The investigation found that "damaged Pakistan's cricketing reputation and had shown disrespect to the crowd," but that "his behaviour was not part of any match-fixing with no financial consequences," but that "his activities were not an attempt to demonstrate his inability at earlier decisions in the competition that did not represent his team." Despite winning their Pool ‘B' match against Sialkot Stallions, the PCB declared the match null and Karachi Zebras were refused a spot in the ABN Amro Twenty20 Cup's triangular phase.
Malik has played at 5 different positions in Test cricket and has a track record of batting at every position, except 11th in ODIs. Pakistan's inability to find a reliable opening pair has resulted in Malik being used as an opener in Test and ODI matches. In Test cricket, he made a good impression against Sri Lanka in 2006, when he batted for the whole day and finished with 148 runs not out. His bowling has been effective at times, particularly in one-day cricket, where his best bowling figures are four wickets for 19 runs (4/19) in comparison to several 3-wicket hauls.
Malik's international fame was lacking in England. He scored 98 runs on four tours between 2001 and 2006, with only two scoring above 20 runs, much less than his career ODI average of 34.35. Malik's is the furthest behind his overall average among players who have participated in at least eight ODIs in England.
By ESPNcricinfo, his 128 against India at Centurion in 2009 was later rated as one of the year's Best ODI Batting Performance.