Bears sign Pakistan ace Malik for NatWest T20 Blast
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik is set to play for the Birmingham Bears in this summer’s NatWest T20 Blast after signing a six-match deal with the Club.
Malik (32) will make his debut for the Bears at Edgbaston on Thursday 19th June against the Northamptonshire Steelbacks, and his final game of the six-match spell will be at home to the Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Tuesday 8th July.
The news comes with tickets for the Birmingham Bears NatWest T20 Blast home games going on-sale in just 12 days, and exactly 10 weeks until their first match at Edgbaston against the Yorkshire Vikings on Friday 23rd May.
Shoaib 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.
“Hopefully I can make an important contribution in my time at Edgbaston that helps the Birmingham Bears be successful in this competition."
To date, Malik has played in 55 IT20s, 216 ODIs and 32 Test Matches for Pakistan and has captained his country in all formats of the game. He was the top run scorer in last year’s inaugural Caribbean T20 Premier League with 272 runs for the Barbados Tridents, and featured for Hobart Hurricanes in the recent Big Bash in Australia. He also enjoyed a previous spell in England with Gloucestershire.
Dougie Brown, 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.”
The Bears play seven home games in the NatWest T20 Blast, with five games scheduled on Friday evenings. Tickets go on-sale from 10am on Wednesday 26th March and please visit www.edgbaston.com for further information.