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Malik eager to play entire PSL in Pakistan

Pakistan all-rounder says playing in front of home crowd is unmatched

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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik is eager to play the entire fifth edition of the Habib Bank Limited (HBL) Pakistan Super League (PSL) on home soil.

According to CricTracker, the veteran Men in Green cricketer is looking to forward to the opportunity of playing in Pakistan during the next season of HBL PSL.

"The feeling of playing in front of your home crowd is unmatched. We have been unlucky to not be able to play much cricket in our own backyard. But thankfully the decision of having the whole of PSL played in Pakistan has been made, and I cannot wait to play in front of the packed crowds," said Malik. "Not just for the cricketers, this means the world to the fans too who have been starved of top-level cricket. I hope they will enjoy."

Malik also spoke about the areas Pakistan need to work on, bearing in mind the T20 World Cup in 2020.

"I feel we are a very good T20 team right now. Few issues I guess could be wickets early on with the new ball. Wickets in T20 cricket are the key, so someone who can swing the ball would be ideal," he said. "Shaheen Shah Afridi was sensational during the 2019 World Cup, and I think he has the potential to do something similar for us here too."

Malik confirmed his retirement from one-day cricket after the conclusion of Pakistan's 2019 World Cup campaign.

Malik had admitted last year that he intended to quit one-day cricket after the World Cup and he followed through with that plan after Pakistan's 94-run win at Lord's against Bangladesh, in their final group stage World Cup match.

The 37-year-old will continue to play the Twenty20 format.