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    I have five or six years of cricket in me: Shoaib Malik

    Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik is playing for Barbados in the Caribbean Premier League. (Getty Images)

    Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik is playing for Barbados in the Caribbean Premier League. (Getty Images)

    Port-of-Spain, Jamaica: Discarded Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik has backed himself to play at the international level for at least five more years as he makes a bid for a recall. He also sent a message to Pakistan's selectors that if chosen to play for the country, he should be batted higher up the order.

    "Representing your country is the biggest thing [and] of course I want to play for my team [Pakistan], I want to do well for my country," Malik told reporters in the Caribbean. "I still think I can play for another five or six years. I am fit but I want to see myself consistent. I do not want to bat at No. 6 anymore. I want to bat at No 3 or 4."

    Malik, 31, last represented Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy in June but was dropped from the side after a disappointing tournament. Malik scored just 25 runs in three innings with a best of 17 and with the ball took a solitary wicket. He has since been overlooked for tours to the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

    "I was struggling with my shoulder and my elbow but I have had surgery for my elbow and I have worked hard in the gym every day [since being dropped]," said the former Pakistan captain. "Now I am absolutely fine. I can even bowl 30 overs in one day. I am very happy and I want to play as an allrounder. That is my priority."

    Currently representing Bardados Tridents in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League, Malik is the second-highest run-scorer with 233 from seven innings. Ahead of Barbados' semi-final against Jamaica Tallawahs, Malik said he was enjoying his time in the West Indies playing Twenty20 cricket. "It [CPL] is so far, so good [for me]. I have played some good innings, [I have been] bowling also. I want my team to be in the final and win this CPL."