LAHORE – Continuing to prove his longevity in the game, which has made him just the seventh man to play international cricket in four different decades, middle-order batsman Shoaib Malik on Friday also became the first cricketer to play for the national team under five different programmes of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
By playing in the first T20I against Bangladesh at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, and scoring the match-winning half century, Malik played his first match of the latest IMF bailout programme which began in July last year. Former captain and experienced middle-order batsman Malik has previously played during five other IMF programmes.
Malik debuted in international cricket on October 1999, when he played his first ODI versus the West Indies at a time when Pakistan was two years into the Extended Credit Facility from IMF. It was in the immediately following IMF programme of Standby Arrangement that Malik made his Test debut in August 2001.
With a 111* against West Indies in February 2002, Malik scored his first ODI century in his third IMF programme, during which Pakistan was being offered the Extended Credit Facility.
Malik’s tenure as the captain of the national side then coincided with the Standby Arrangement from 2008-2011, his fourth IMF programme.
The former skipper played in his fifth IMF programme when he made the comeback into the national T20I side for the World T20I in 2014