County news March 14, 2014

Warwickshire sign Shoaib Malik

ESPNcricinfo staff

Warwickshire have signed Pakistan allrounder Shoaib Malik for a six-match stint during the T20 Blast.

He will make his first appearance on June 19 against Northamptonshire, at Edgbaston, with his final match slated to be against Nottinghamshire on July 8.

Malik was the top-scorer in the inaugural Caribbean Premier League last year, playing for Barbados Tridents, and has also played for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. In Pakistan, for Sialkot Stallions, he averages 54.16 and he has previous county experience with Gloucestershire.

Dougie Brown, Warwickshire's director of cricket, said: "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."

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.

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  • faysal on March 15, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    What a poor choice that's what i can say. The bears have to suffer for this selection. This guy is just a average player. Your international player should not be a average player.

  • ESPN on March 14, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    I think bringing him on for just six matches is not a good idea. As Asian batsman need time to settle down in English condition. It will be a bit of lottery if he performs. But he is good quality cricketer

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Wow malik congo on contract whatever the team u represent u give ur 100 % but y jst 6 games it should b 4 whole season but as a malik's die hard fan very happy and Best of Luck 4 World T20 and county stint :)

  • irfan on March 14, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Malik is a quality cricketer, and unlike most quality cricketers he most probably wont be called away on international duty midway through the competition. shrewd acquisition.

  • Umar on March 14, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    he can be a good utility cricketer. But he must bowl his quota of overs.

  • Will on March 14, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    It's pretty desperate that Warwickshire have to hype up Mailk as a world class all-rounder. Clearly they have really struggled to bring someone in because we all know that isn't the case.

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