Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik snapped up by Lancashire for Twenty20

Lancashire have confirmed former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik will play for the county in this season's Friends Provident Twenty20 competition.

Malik, 28, is without international commitments currently as he is serving a 12-month ban issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board after being accused of disrupting team morale during the tour of Australia.

An appeal is ongoing but Malik will instead focus his efforts on helping the Lightning, with his debut likely to come on June 4 against Durham.

Shoaib Malik

Big hitter: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik will play for Lancashire this summer

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

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.'

Lancashire 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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