Lancashire have signed former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik as an overseas player for the duration of the Friends Provident t20.
Malik, a veteran of 29 Tests, 190 One-Day Internationals and 30 Twenty20 Internationals for his country, will be available for the entirety of Lancashire's campaign and he will join fellow internationals Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Simon Katich in Lancashire's squad for the tournament.
Malik is a versatile batsman who has opened the batting in Test cricket, a capable fielder and a useful off-spin bowler who offers Lancashire an all-round option.
He was banned from playing international cricket by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) earlier this year following a review into a dismal tour of Australia, and the deal to play for Lancashire is subject to PCB approval and visa regulations.
“When Lancashire approached me to come and play for them I didn’t hesitate in saying yes," Malik said.
“I love playing cricket in England and the opportunity to play with a club of Lancashire’s reputation was too good to pass up.
“Their recent overseas signings in Katich and Chanderpaul only add to an already strong list. I’m very excited and look forward to a strong t20 campaign.”
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