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Shoaib Malik shares cryptic Tweet after Pakistan’s loss against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup Final, expresses dissapointment

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 23 runs in the final and emerged as the ‘champions’ of the competition against all the odds.

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik (Source: Twitter)

The Asia Cup 2022 culminated on Sunday with Sri Lanka winning their sixth title. They beat Pakistan by 23 runs in the final and emerged as the ‘champions’ of the competition against all the odds. As soon as the Dasun Shanaka-led side were announced the Asian Champions last night, Pakistan Cricketer Shoaib Malik shared a cryptic Tweet.

After the final ended, Malik took to Twitter and wrote “When will we come out from friendship, liking & disliking culture. Allah always helps the honest.” The all-rounder expressed his disappointment on not being selected in the Pakistan Squad for the Asia Cup. His Tweet was a subtle dig at someone who probably didn’t like him to be in the Pakistan squad.

The Tweet also got a reply from former Pakistan Cricketer Kamran Akmal, who said, “Ustad G …don’t be this much honest.”

Before the start of the tournament, some reports suggested that the Pakistan Cricket Board will bring Malik back into the squad for the mega event. The 40-year-old last played for his nation in a T20I against Bangladesh on 20th November 2021.

Mailk’s exclusion from the squad raised quite a few eyebrows as he had been performing well in the National T20 Cup wherein he recently scored a half-century for Central Punjab. He was also giving consistent performances in the T20 leagues he played around the globe.

The all-rounder played a key role in Pakistan’s journey to the semifinals of the 20-20 world cup 2021. He provided the much-needed stability to the team in the middle overs scoring 100 runs in four innings at an average of 50 and a magnificent strike rate of 181.

Owing to his brilliant performance in the last year’s world cup, Malik was expecting to be selected for the tournament this year as well. In the 124 matches he’s played for Pakistan in T20Is, Malik has scored 2435 runs at an average of 31 and a strike rate of 125. He has nine half centuries to his name in the format. He’s also picked up 28 wickets at an average of 24 and an economy rate of 7.

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