Cricketer Shoaib Malik responded to recent reports regarding the termination of his contract with the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Fortune Barishal. Contrary to media speculation about suspicions of match-fixing, Malik explained that his departure from Bangladesh was due to a “pre-committed media engagement in Dubai.”
Media outlets had previously suggested that Malik’s BPL contract was terminated, especially following his departure to Dubai after the Dhaka phase of the tournament. The reports raised eyebrows, particularly in light of his unconventional bowling in the last match, during which he bowled three no-balls in an over.
In response, Malik posted a message addressing the rumors on social media. He clarified that he had discussed his departure with the team captain, Tamim Iqbal, and emphasized that it was related to a prior commitment for a media engagement in Dubai. Malik extended his best wishes to Fortune Barishal for their upcoming matches and offered his support if needed.
Malik also stressed the importance of exercising caution when dealing with rumors and urged everyone to verify information before believing and spreading it. He refuted the baseless rumors and emphasized the potential harm falsehoods could cause to reputations.
Franchise owner Mizanur Rahman also defended Malik in a video, stating that the online talk about Malik was wrong and a misconception. Rahman expressed satisfaction with Malik’s performance and discouraged making a fuss out of the situation.
Fortune Barishal, through its official Facebook page, shared Rahman’s video and urged people not to believe rumors spread by certain media outlets, emphasizing respect for Malik as a senior player.
The team owner, speaking in Bengali, protested against the rumors surrounding Malik and focused on the team’s upcoming games, aiming to concentrate on winning matches and reaching the finals. The statements from both Malik and Rahman aimed to dispel the speculation surrounding Malik’s departure and contract status with Fortune Barishal.