County news December 13, 2003

Malik completes his switch to Worcestershire

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Worcestershire have signed Nadeem Malik, the former England Under-19 bowler. He has signed a two-year deal after requesting to leave Nottinghamshire due to a lack of opportunity.

Malik nearly moved to Worcestershire last season, but chose to stay on at Notts in the hope of playing in the first team. However, after making just two appearances last year, he decided to make the switch second time around.

"The signing of Nadeem is a real coup for Worcestershire," Tom Moody, Worcestershire's coach, said. "There were a number of counties after him and we are delighted he is joining us at New Road. He has already demonstrated his enormous potential in first-class cricket and I am confident we can help him build on that and become a top-class performer."

Malik was equally as pleased himself. He said: "My opportunities were limited at Notts and this move gives me a chance to break into the Worcestershire team and, if all goes well, stay there. I want to go all the way to the top and play for England. There's a lot of work to do before I get there, but I think this move will give me a chance to do that.

He continued: "Something's working right here at New Road. You only have to look the transformation off Gareth Batty -- he's out in Sri Lanka with England. You look at the progress Kabir Ali and Vikram Solanki have made and you know that Tom Moody is making a massive difference. He's a big reason why I came here and hopefully I can go along the same lines as those players."

Malik, 21, has toured India and New Zealand with the England Under 19s, and has played 14 first-class matches for Notts, taking 35 wickets.