Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik has refuted the rumours surrounding the decision to part ways with Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) side Fortune Barishal.

As per media reports, Malik was under the scanner for ‘match fixing’ after bowling three no-balls in a single over during the match against Khulna Tigers which led to his contract termination.

However, according to Malik, 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,” wrote Malik on social media account X (earlier known as Twitter).

“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,” he further wrote.

“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,” he added.

Moreover, the post from Shoaib Malik had also a video message from Fortune Barishal owner Mizanur Rahman who rubbished any ‘match fixing’ reports relating to the Pakistan cricketer.