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Shoaib set to rejoin Barishal

Published : 31 Jan 2024 09:41 PM

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik is set to rejoin the Fortune Barishal on 2 February for the remainder of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), an official press release from the team confirmed. 

Malik left Barishal's camp in the middle of the tournament due to personal reasons. According to sources, the cricketer had flown to Dubai after the end of the Dhaka phase. 

"Pakistani senior all-rounder Shoaib Malik will rejoin with the Fortune Barishal on 2 February 2024. In the Sylhet phase Barishal will play the last game against Khulna on 3 February," the press release read on Wednesday.

Malik is expected to return with the match against Khulna Tigers on 3 February.

Following his departure, there were rumors that the franchise terminated the contract of the Pakistan all-rounder on suspicion of fixing, as he bowled three consecutive no balls during a BPL match. However, both the franchise owner and Shoaib dismissed the fact and cleared the rumor.

“I want to make it clear that I strongly refute these baseless rumors. It is crucial for everyone to verify information before believing and spreading it. Falsehoods can harm reputations and create unnecessary confusion. Let us prioritize accuracy and rely on credible sources to ensure a clear understanding of the facts. Thank you for your understanding and diligence. Thank you for your love & support as always," Malik said on his social media handle. 

Malik failed to impress in the year's BPL as he appeared in only three matches for Barishal, scored 17, 5 and 7 runs respectively, and took only one wicket.