Big Bash League 2013-14 October 4, 2013

Shoaib Malik signs with Hobart Hurricanes

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Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan batsman, has been signed by Hobart Hurricanes for the upcoming season of the Big Bash League. It will be Malik's first stint in the Australian T20 league, in which Shahid Afridi has featured in the past seasons.

"He's an exciting player, a fast paced batsman who will likely bat in our middle order and he'll add another option to our bowling stocks as well," Damian Wright, the Hurricanes coach, said. "He is a quality player with a quality T20 record and his performances in the Caribbean Premier League suggest he's in red-hot form right now."

Representing the Barbados Tridents, Malik was the leading run-scorer in the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League with 272 runs from eight matches. Overall, Malik has played 134 T20 matches and scored 3396 runs at a strike rate of 123.31. He has also picked up 75 wickets with his offspin.

"Those are impressive stats for someone who has played so many games in a format where you often have to place little value on your wicket in search of quick runs at the end of an innings," Wright said.

Hobart Hurricanes, led by George Bailley, also include Dmitri Mascarenhas and Owais Shah as their overseas players for the season.

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  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Malik is without any doubt a quality player don't judge him in the present condition where he is struggling for his form. In Pakistan above cricket there so many other factor depends on any players performance. Malik has proved himself on so many occassions. Thanks to Big Bash Hobart who recognise his talent, Insha Allah Malik will prove himself in Big Bash league better than carribean league where he ended titled as TOP SCORER.

    Weldone Malik....wish you all the best for your future, keep concentrate on your cricket, hope Pakistan Selection team consider your recent good form and pick you for ODI & T20 insha allah for both upcoing series against South African and then for Sri Lanka.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Great Malik, we were hoping Malik could com back in test match Againts South Africa but PCB mafia, He is great one day and test match player too. But mafia politic would not allowing him to come back , Malik always answered to opponent with his batting performance. Malik still unlucky that in PCB SELECTION committee mafia group still active , Hoping he wil be the CATAIN OF PAKISTAN TEST AND ONEDAY TEAM AGAIN. inshaAllah Sakib & and Malik class difference, Malik class have no match in the Pak team . sahkib have to learn that how Malik played in Carribean. Cpl ,

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    OK... Here is rating on comparison of shakib and malik...

    Malik can have 75 on batting where shakib gets only about 67-69.... (dont go on average in t20, not outs impact on average)... shakib is a better team player... so i gave a little extra rating on shakibs batting...

    On bowling shakib is easily 80... whereas malik is somewhere in 70-72...

    So see both players are closely rated if we base on stats... So need to fight... both are 150 out of 200 rated players.... so they both are pretty good... shakib gets limelight coz anybody can bat in t20... but bowling is tuf skill....

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    shakib might be a better test player due to his bowling but malik is head nd shoulders above him in limited overs

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    One Moin Khan said "He who is in the team playing for the team is better player than the other"In reply to question about Rashid Latif .so assume it about Sakib And Malik

  • Android on October 6, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    malik is a good t20 player if used properly. i hope he does good in australia. and everyone else fighting here over who is better, go do something better in life.

  • Md Risalat on October 5, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    So, we have people here, who used to justifiably bash him for all the regular mediocrity, now trying to praise Malik simply cause someone preferred Shakib Al Hasan? As a proven allrounder in the international matches in the last 5 years or so, Shakib takes the cake and smothers Malik with it any time of the day. What is the point in kidding yourselves, guys? At least this way we won't have Malik anywhere near the international set up! It's tough getting rid of Hafeez as it is before he is replaced, eventually, by a new Hafeez/Umar Amin.

  • Matt on October 5, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Shakib's strike rate is 126 compared to Maliks 123. So your argument there is invalid.

    Also @Karl Jenaway - the reason why the BBL teams performed so badly is because they were both decimated by injury and IPL losses. Scorches would've done better had Hussey, M marsh, S Marsh, Coulter Nile, Thomas, Cummins been available and likewise Brisbane if Pomersbach Watson Johnson Perera Vettori had been available.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    don't see average r strike rate in t 20 .t 20 is all about how to win match for the team.and malik has these all abilities .his t20 team in pakistan almost won 8 tournaments in 10 his team in linka league also won when he was there.he has a very good mind of t20 game.he always plying acordind to the situation .so he will be very hand for Hobart.

  • Stark on October 5, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Yes, take him away from the international setup forever!!

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