Malik demands big effort

10 May 2017 08:01:36 EST

Shoaib Malik will join an elite band of players when he features in his sixth Champions Trophy event next month.

Pakistan all-rounder Malik, 35, has been named in his country's squad for the eight-team tournament held in England in June.

He will become the ninth man to have played in six, following three Sri Lankans Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara, Australian Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, of India, New Zealander Daniel Vettori and South African duo Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis.

Malik offers experience to an emerging Pakistan team, having struck nine one-day international hundreds and taken in excess of 150 wickets in his 247 appearances.

"If I look at the company of players who have played in the six events to date, I feel humbled and honoured as these gentlemen are some of the finest our sport has ever seen," Malik said.

"The Champions Trophy is one of the most important events for Pakistan in recent times for a number of reasons.

"As the ODI squad, we need to re-establish ourselves as one of the top ODI sides by putting up strong performances against all teams.

"This will help our global ranking and help us to qualify for the World Cup 2019. Strong performances are also important to boost the morale of our team and millions of well-wishers back home and around the world.

"In this perspective, I think I personally have a bigger role to play in the tournament than just performing with the bat and the ball."

Pakistan are 7/4 to win the Champions Trophy outright while England can be backed at 1212/1.

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