Shoaib Malik will rejoin the Fortune Barishal squad on February 2, after leaving the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) last week due to commitments in Dubai.
Former Pakistan captain will be available for the team’s last game of the Sylhet leg, against Khulna Tigers on February 3.
As per reports, Malik is joining the side again at the request of Barishal captain Tamim Iqbal. He also talked to Tamim about his batting number since he played at No.6 in earlier matches. The 41-year-old will now bat at No.4 for Barishal.
Remember, multiple news outlets reported that Malik left BPL as he was involved in match-fixing while citing three no-balls he bowled in a single over of a BPL match recently.
But the franchise confirmed that there is no truth to rumours about the all-rounder’s involvement in match-fixing.
Fortune Barisal’s owner Mizanur Rahaman confirmed in a video message that Malik left BPL due to personal reasons.
“The news about Malik’s involvement in match-fixing is fake,” said Rahaman.
“Malik is a good cricketer and his performance for our side was really impressive,” he added.
He was set to return on January 27 but extended his trip to February 5 due to personal reasons. Barisal also confirmed that they will acquire Malik’s services if he is needed in the future.
Over match-fixing allegations, Malik also provided additional details about the matter through his official X, Twitter, account.
“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,” said Malik.
“I want to emphasise the importance of exercising caution when it comes to rumours, especially those circulating recently. I want to make it clear that I strongly refute these baseless rumours. It’s crucial for everyone to verify information before believing and spreading it. Falsehoods can harm reputations and create unnecessary confusion. Let’s prioritise accuracy and rely on credible sources to ensure a clear understanding of the facts. Thank you for your understanding and diligence,” he added.