Former cricketer Abdul Razzaq didn’t mince words when he took a dig at the performance of veteran Shoaib Malik during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 9 match between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans.

Despite Malik’s commendable innings of 53 runs off 35 deliveries, Razzaq accused the veteran player of prioritizing personal glory over the team’s interests, airing his views on a local news channel.

According to Razzaq, the extensive experience of Malik should have translated into a more strategic approach, especially in the high-pressure environment of T20 cricket.

“Shoaib Malik has been playing for many years. His innings could be good for himself, not for the team. A player is someone who plays for a team. In this kind of cricket, you can’t sustain pressure after 42 or 43 years,” said the former all-rounder.

He questioned whether Malik’s innings truly contributed to the team’s cause, emphasizing the importance of playing for the collective rather than individual milestones.

In the face of a challenging chase against Multan Sultans’ formidable total of 185 runs, Razzaq opined that Malik’s innings lacked the required acceleration to keep pace with the required run rate, ultimately impacting Karachi Kings’ chances of victory.

Despite notable contributions from skipper Shan Masood and Kieron Pollard, Karachi Kings fell short in their pursuit, succumbing to a defeat by 55 runs against Multan Sultans.

As Karachi Kings regroup for their upcoming encounter against 2017 PSL Champions Peshawar Zalmi on February 21 at Lahore’s historic Gaddafi Stadium, questions linger over Malik’s approach and the team’s overall performance.

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