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.