Home > News >

Pakistan will bounce back against South Africa in ODI series, feels Shoaib Malik

Imran Farhat

Imran Farhat walks back after being dismissed on Day Three of final Test against South Africa © AFP

Lahore: Feb 24, 2013
 
Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik says the national team has the ability to bounce back in the One-day series against South Africa after a disappointing show in the Test series.
 
Malik, Kamran and Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shahzad, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali will join the national team for the series of two T20s and five one-dayers.
 
“Cricket is a funny game once you run into a bad patch it is difficult to come out of it unfortunately we had a bad start in the Test series and we couldn’t get out of it. I don’t think our team is as bad as the results show,” Malik told PTI at the Gaddafi stadium.
 
He said Pakistan had a good Test side but unfortunately things didn’t work out in South Africa.
 
“But we need to now just move on and try to reverse the results in the one-day series although it will be a challenge,” he said.
 
Malik said Pakistan had a very good record in T20 and ODI matches and was capable of producing different results and pose a strong challenge for South Africa.
 
“It is a good opportunity for us to show everyone we are a far better side than the results suggest in the Test matches.”
 
Malik, who is now considered only for T20 or ODI matches, said the coming series was also a personal challenge for him.
 
“I was in South Africa late last year for the Champions League so I know the conditions are different there but I have been playing lot of domestic cricket and I know that I can do well,” he added. 
 
Malik, who was captain from 2007 to 2009, said he had also played well in the one-day series in India.
 
“I am feeling good about my cricket and I am ready to bat at any position for Pakistan against South Africa. Having played domestic cricket also I am ready for the challenge.”
 
Malik scored a brilliant 153 in his last domestic match in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy last week while leading Sialkot region into the final of the tournament.
 
“I also wanted to play in the final I was even willing to play for just three days but the board said we have to leave tonight for South Africa and get some time to acclimatize to conditions there.”
 
Malik said people needed to support the Pakistan team despite its whitewash in the tests against South Africa.
 
“You must understand South Africa is the number one test side and they played as per their reputation,” he stated. 

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

Photos

Heroes of India's Test wins in England

Videos

Rahul Dravid reflects on India's historic win at Lord's

10 things you need to know about Zaheer Abbas

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test at Colombo: Pride at stake for high-flying hosts

Mahela Jayawardene at SSC: A tale of 11 tons

Please help Graeme Pollock, cricket boards and franchises of the world

Cricket at Commonwealth Games and Olympics: Why not?

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma MS Dhoni South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

VVS Laxman expresses disappointment over Sania Mirza controversy

Mahela Jayawardene: Enjoyed century against South Africa

Kane Richardson, Ben Cutting clinical in Australia A’s 6-wicket win over South Africa A

Bangladesh recall Imrul Kayes for West Indies tour

India vs England 3rd Test at Southampton: Ravichandran Ashwin should play, feels Saqlain Mushtaq

10 things you need to know about Zaheer Abbas

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test at Colombo: Pride at stake for high-flying hosts

Mahela Jayawardene at SSC: A tale of 11 tons

Please help Graeme Pollock, cricket boards and franchises of the world

Cricket at Commonwealth Games and Olympics: Why not?

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Syrian forces step up attacks on hospitals: UN

399 million users access Facebook every month only on their mobile phones, mobile ads account for 62 percent of overall ad revenues

VVS Laxman expresses disappointment over Sania Mirza controversy

Mobile services market in India to be $19.2 billion in 2014: Gartner

Mahela Jayawardene: Enjoyed century against South Africa

Expecting a baby? Here’s an app that will help!

UN officials highlight the rising trend of pharmaceutical misuse in India

Kick movie review: Salman Khan’s film delivers more than your expectation

Dutch sending police, want to secure MH17 crash site: PM

Commonwealth Games 2014 Medal Table: India 4th in medal Tally with 2 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here