Not bothered by criticism: Malik

Updated: 16 December 2007 10:41 IST

Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik has said he is not bothered by the criticism over his captaincy.

Not bothered by criticism: Malik
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Lahore:

Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik has said he is not bothered by the criticism over his captaincy and it was the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) job to decide whether they wanted to retain him or not, the media reported in Lahore on Friday.

"Scoring over 500 runs against India on their turf, under extremely tense situations is not an easy job. But we achieved it during the tough tour and held on to a draw," Malik was quoted as saying by the Dawn daily.

Malik conceded that his team could not play well in just one session at Delhi but that didn't affect their overall show in the first Test. "But after that, I thought we played competitive cricket in the last two Tests," said Malik.

"My job is to display my abilities on the ground as captain and I don't want to say anything about the criticism over my captaincy from certain quarters. As it is, only the PCB has the authority to retain or discard a skipper," he said.

Malik also dispelled the impression that the team's performance was plagued by fitness problems. He added that the certain players' health problems were not due to their lack of fitness but a viral infection.

Topics : Cricket Shoaib Malik
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