T20 League Contract Terminated Due To ‘Match Fixing’? Shoaib Malik Reacts

File photo of Shoaib Malik© X (formerly Twitter)

Former Pakistan cricket team skipper Shoaib Malik took to social media to refute the rumours surrounding the decision to part ways with Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) side Fortune Barishal. Media reports claimed that Malik was under the scanner for ‘match fixing’ after bowling three no-balls in a single over during the match against Khulna Tigers and that led to his contract termination. However, in a post on X (formerly called Twitter), Malik said that his departure from the franchise was pre-decided and it had nothing to do with the ‘match fixing’ rumours that he called ‘false’.

“I would like to address and dismiss the recent rumors circulating about my playing position with Fortune Barishal. I had a thorough discussion with our captain, Tamim Iqbal, and we mutually planned the way forward. I had to leave Bangladesh for a pre-committed media engagement in Dubai,” he posted.

“I extend my best wishes to Fortune Barishal for their upcoming matches, and if needed, I am available to support them if needs be.” 

“I have always found joy in playing the game and will continue to do so.”

“I want to emphasize the importance of exercising caution when it comes to rumors, especially those circulating recently. I want to make it clear that I strongly refute these baseless rumors. It’s crucial for everyone to verify information before believing and spreading it. Falsehoods can harm reputations and create unnecessary confusion. Let’s 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.”

The post from Shoaib Malik also consisted a video message from Fortune Barishal owner Mizanur Rahman who rubbished any ‘match fixing’ reports with respect to the Pakistan cricketer.

“I deeply regret the rumor regarding Shoaib Malik. He is a great player. He gave us his best. So we should not make a ruckus about it,” Mizanur Rahman said in a video message.

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