Shoaib Malik in BPL. (Image: X/ @aquidtweets)
Shoaib Malik’s contract with the BPL is reportedly terminated over suspicions regarding ‘match-fixing’ after his poor bowling show.
Former Pakistan captain, Shoaib Malik has been widely talked about among the cricketing fanbase. The player recently announced his marriage and soon after was back on the pitch and made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Reports from Bangladeshi media have suggested that Shoaib Malik’s contract with the Bangladeshi Premier League has been terminated over suspicions regarding ‘match-fixing.’
Malik had taken part in the Bangladeshi Premier League where he featured for the Fortune Barishal which is captained by Tamim Iqbal. During a recent fixture against the Khulna Tigers where Malik was asked to bowl during the powerplay.
Things did not go in Malik’s favour as he managed to bowl three no-balls in the same over and concede 18 runs as well to give his side a poor start with the ball. Replays also showed that the bowler was well ahead of the crease which might be a concern.
With regards to the match, the Khulna Tigers went on to win the match with eight wickets and 12 balls to spare thanks to the brilliant opening partnership by Anamul Haque and Evin Lewis, both of whom scored half-centuries to put the Tigers on the front-foot during the run-chase.
This is not the first time a player from Pakistan has been suspected of match-fixing. Former Pakistan pacer Mohammed Amir had also pleaded guilty of spot-fixing which led to a five-year ban in 2010. While Amir has retired from international cricket, he continues to play in various franchise cricket leagues around the world.
After the disastrous performance with the ball by Malik, it led to widespread trolling across social media. This comes after Shoaib Malik recently announced his third marriage with Pakistani actress Sana Javed which shocked the cricket world.
Malik was previously married to Indian badminton player Sania Mirza. The duo were one of the more recognisable sporting couples in the world. It was later revealed that Sania had initiated divorce proceedings and had obtained a ‘Khula’ from their relationship several months before the recent marriage ceremony.
The Fortune Barishals will now take on the Chattogram Challengers at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on January 27. The side is currently sixth out of seven teams in the points table having only won one game from the three they have played. The Barishals will be looking to improve their campaign with wins and will hope that the side can bounce back.