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Malik hopes recent good showing in domestic cricket will impress selectors

Islamabad , Mon, 09 Apr 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Mar 31(ANI): Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has expressed hopes that his good run in domestic cricket will impress the national selectors.

However, Malik believes he doesn't need to prove himself in front of anyone, as his ouster from the Pakistan national team had more to do with poor form, which he seems to have rediscovered now.

Malik had performed brilliantly in the National One Day Cup 50 over tournament for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) team, where he scored 353 runs at an average of 58.83.

He also took 14 wickets at only 21.28 apiece in 7 matches, as he led PIA to the One Day Cup title after defeating Habib Bank in the final by 36 runs in Lahore.

Malik's performances for Sialkot Stallions in the ongoing Faysal Bank Super, has also been widely appreciated.

"Playing professional cricket is a huge opportunity. I have been lucky enough to be given this opportunity that many crave. My aim has always been to do my best for whichever team I am playing for, whether it is a domestic team, a club team or for my country," Pak quoted Malik, as saying.

Malik believes playing cricket in the orthodox manner has helped him regain confidence, and he is very happy with his current form.

"My plan was to stick to my basics and concentrate on playing some orthodox cricket. I'm pleased that I played some good cricket in the 50 over tournament and the Super 8s is going well. Of course when you do well, you hope and your expectations increase," Malik said.

"So like anyone in my position who has gone back to domestic cricket and done well I'm praying and hoping that the selectors have taken note and I hope that I get another chance in international cricket," he added. (ANI)

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