Lancashire recruit Malik for T20 campaign

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Former Pakistan captain says he’s “delighted” at move

SHOAIB MALIK will join Lancashire County Cricket Club for their Friends Provident t20 campaign which starts in June.

The former Pakistan captain is available for all of Lancashire Lightning’s t20 fixtures and will join his new team-mates ahead of their opening game of the tournament at Durham Dynamos on Friday 4 June.

The 28 year-old is a vastly-experienced all rounder who bowls off spin and can bat up and down the order.

The right-hander has played in 190 One Day Internationals for his country and has seven centuries to his name. With the ball he has taken 132 wickets in that form of the game, recording a personal best of 4 for 19.

Malik will join the incoming overseas duo of Simon Katich and Shivnarine Chanderpaul at Old Trafford, while South African international Ashwell Prince departs at the end of May.

A delighted Malik said: “When Lancashire approached me to come and play for them I didn’t hesitate in saying yes.

“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.”

LCCC Cricket Director Mike Watkinson said: “We are delighted to recruit yet another world class player to the cricket club. Shoaib will be a quality addition to our t20 squad.”

LCCC Head Coach Peter Moores added: “Shoaib has a proven track record in the game and is a versatile cricketer. He’s at a good age, can bat up and down the order and is an experienced spin bowler. We look forward to welcoming him to the squad.”

Malik’s arrival is subject to visa regulations and the approval of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

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