ISLAMABAD - Former captain Shoaib Malik's injury and then recovery have sparked controversies in cricket circles, exposing some loopholes in Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) affairs as well.

According to sources, Shoaib Malik had participated in the departments' T20 Tournament with prior permission of PCB's doctor after getting his stitches unstitched but the selectors did not enquire the doctor nor asked Shoaib about his fitness before excluding him from the T20 squad for the series against SL in UAE. The sources said the doctor also did not bother to inform selectors via email about Shoaib's fitness, whose finger was said to have improved considerably.

The sources further mentioned that Pakistan Twenty-20 captain M Hafeez wanted to get Shoaib in the team but selectors were against the inclusion of the all-rounder. The PCB spokesman in a statement had declared that the fitness of Malik was not up to the international standards that is why he is not included in the team.  A PCB official when contacted said Malik was to be inducted in the team as an all-rounder if selected but he did not bowl in a single domestic match thus failing to satisfy the selectors about his fitness.  It is pertinent to mention that M Hafeez on his return from South Africa had said that he was neither consulted nor aware of the national squad announced for the three T20 matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE this month. Hafeez said he did not know who were the members of the squad announced for the upcoming matches.