Warwickshire have signed Pakistani all-rounder Shoaib Malik to partner regular overseas pro Jeetan Patel for part of this season’s Natwest T20 Blast.
The 32 year-old will join the Birmingham Bears - as they will be known in the competition in 2014 much to the dismay of some supporters - for a six-match stint beginning with the game against defending champions Northamptonshire on 19th June and ending with a match against Nottinghamshire on 8th July.
Shoaib Malik said: "I'm very excited to have signed for a huge club like the Bears. I enjoyed my short stints with Gloucestershire many years ago and sadly haven't been able to play county cricket since then because of my Pakistan commitments. Hopefully I can make an important contribution in my time at Edgbaston that helps the Birmingham Bears be successful in this competition."
As well as that county stint for Gloucestershire in 2003 and 2004, Malik has played domestic cricket in Australia, Sri Lanka, India and the West Indies besides his native Pakistan for teams as diverse as Sialkot Stallions, Barbados Tridents, Hobart Hurricanes, Delhi Daredevils and Uva Next during his career. In all, he has scored almost 4,000 runs from 156 Twenty20 matches and taken 84 wickets with his off-breaks at an economy rate of 6.87 runs per over.
Dougie Brown, Warwickshire Director of Cricket, was evidently delighted with the signing of Malik, saying, “Shoaib has proven himself as a world-class all-rounder on the international stage and in some of the world’s biggest T20 competitions. Bolstering a strong squad with Shoaib’s T20 experience is an exciting proposition for the team as we look to progress in this new look tournament, hopefully to Finals Day in front of our home fans at Edgbaston.”
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