The Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik is set to join the Fortune Barishal franchise again in the BPL 2024. He left the team after playing just 3 games in the tournament. Earlier, the reports suggested that Malik had been terminated after a suspected match-fixing allegations. But now, he will rejoin the team for the tournament. We will talk about it in detail. So don’t go anywhere.
Shoaib Malik to rejoin Fortune Barishal for the BPL 2024
The Pakistani all-rounder’s contract was terminated by the BPL (Bangladesh Premier League) after suspected allegations of match-fixing during a match against Khulna Tigers. Although there was no official news on why he left the team. But on social media, Shoaib Malik released a statement saying he is leaving Bangladesh because of the pre-committed media engagement in Dubai.
“I would like to address and dismiss the recent rumors circulating about my playing position with Fortune Barishal. Had a thorough discussion with our captain, Tamim Iqbal, and we mutually planned the way forward. I had to leave Bangladesh for a pre-committed media engagement in Dubai.” – Shoaib Malik tweeted.
Now, he is set to join the Fortune Barishal franchise again on February 02. He will be available to play the next game against Khulna Tigers on February 03 at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
Shoaib Malik Was Suspected For Match-Fixing After Bowled Three No-Balls In An Over
It was the 2nd game for Fortune Barishal in BPL 2024, against Khulna Tigers. Barishal scored 187 runs in the first inning. When Khula came out to bat in the 2nd inning, their openers gave them a flying start in the first three overs.
Barishal’s captain Tamim Iqbal brought Shoaib Malik into the attack in the fourth over. He bowled a perfect first three balls before he overstepped on the fourth ball.
It wasn’t the only no-ball in that over. He bowled two more no-balls before completing his over. Khulna’s batter, Evin Lewis cashed in the opportunity of free hits and the over went for 18 runs.
Malik didn’t bowl a single over after that in the match. He even didn’t bowl in the next game against the Comilla Victorians. According to the data available on ESPNcricinfo, Shoaib Malik is the only spinner to overstep three times in a single over. Only Miguel Cummins bowled more front-foot no-balls in an over. He bowled five no-balls in a CPL 2014 match.
Shoaib Malik came into the limelight after his marriage as well
When Malik’s contract was terminated, fans from all around the world blamed him on social media for the ‘karma’. Shoaib Malik has divorced Sania Mirza (Malik’s ex-wife) and tied the knot with the Pakistani actress Sana Javed. It was his third marriage. The fans said on social media that it’s the karma of ditching Sania Mirza.
Malik’s performance in the first three games
Shoaib Malik played in the first three games in the tournament. He hasn’t made a significant impact and scored 7, 5*, and 17*. With the ball, he only bowled two overs (including that 18 runs over) in three games.
Earlier, some reports suggested that Ahmed Shehzad (another Pakistani cricketer) will replace Shoaib Malik in the squad. But now, Malik is ready to go again.
So this is the update we have given to you. Fortune Barishal found themselves at No. 5 currently in the points table with 2 wins in 5 games. Let’s see how they finish in the tournament.
What do you think? Will Shoaib Malik can do wonders for Barishal after his comeback? Will the franchise win the BPL title this year? Comment all your predictions below.
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1. Who scored the most runs for Fortune Barishal till now in BPL 2024?
Mushfiqur Rahim remains on top of the highest runs-getter list in BPL 2024. Till now, he has scored 201 runs in 5 matches with an average of 50.25 and a strike rate of 133.11.
2. Who has picked up the most wickets for Barishal in BPL 2024 till now?
Khaled Ahmed has taken the most wickets for Fortune Barishal till now in BPL 2024. He has taken 7 wickets with an average of 19.14 in 4 matches. Currently, he is at No. 3 in the highest wicket-takers list in BPL 2024.