Shoaib Malik Joins Gayle, McCullum & Pollard in Elite List of T20 Batsmen

Former Pakistan cricket team captain Shoaib Malik has become only the 4th player in the world to score 9,000 or more runs in the T20 format.

Malik, aged 37, achieved this remarkable feat while featuring in Carribean Premier League (CPL). He made 32 runs from just 19 balls and won the match for Guyana Amazon Warriors against Barbados Tridents.

The right-handed batsman has now accumulated 9,014 runs in 356 T20 matches throughout his career and joined a club of elite T20 players.

Here are the four batsmen who have scored 9,000 or more runs in the shortest format of the game:

Player Runs
Chris Gayle 13,051
Brendon McCullum 9,922
Kieron Pollard 9,757
Shoaib Malik 9,014

It is worth mentioning that Shoaib Malik did not get a central contract from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and received a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the board to play in CPL.

Malik has announced his retirement from the one-day internationals (ODIs) following the conclusion of the World Cup 2019. However, he has expressed his desire to continue playing T20I cricket for Pakistan.

It is reported that Malik wants to feature in the upcoming T20 World Cup and will retire from international cricket altogether following the tournament.

Sports Analyst & Head of Sports Desk.