Shoaib Malik gets Pakistan nod for Lancashire stint

14:00, May 12, 2010      

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After helping his wife, Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, defeating the elbow injury in the Indian tennis clubs, Pakistani discarded all-rounder Shoaib Malik has signed contract with the English County Lancashire for Twenty20 campaign.

Sources told Xinhua on Wednesday that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued Malik a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to represent the English county as the all rounder is fulfilling a one-year ban by the Board.

The 28-year old right arm off spinner and middle order batsman, who has recently got married to Sania Mirza in Hyderabad Deccan, will join Old Trafford in their Twenty20 campaign on June 4, 2010 a day ahead of their opening game of the season.

Malik would replace the South African left handed middle order batsman, Ashwell Prince and join the likes of Simon Katich of Australia and Shivnarine Chanderpaul of West Indies at the Lancashire.

The controversial all rounder remained in the limelight for all the positive and negative reasons, first leading a group of players in the team that allegedly failed Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf as skippers and then marrying the Indian tennis queen Sania Mirza.

The PCB, going hard at the culprits of the Australian Disaster, penalized seven players including Shoaib Malik, who was handed a one-year ban besides a fine of 200,000 rupees (about 2,380 U.S. dollars).

Shoaib Malik has represented Pakistan in 29 Test matches and 190 One Day Internationals at international level.

"When Lancashire approached me to play for them I couldn't resist the offer. I love playing cricket in England and opportunity to play with a club of Lancashire's reputation was too good to pass up," Malik told reporters after getting the proposal by the Lancashire.

"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," he said.



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