Pakistan add Malik to Test squad to face England


Pakistan have added veteran batsman Shoaib Malik to their Test squad to face England in the UAE this month, taking the total to 16 players, after a request was made by team manager Intikhab Alam.

Malik last played a Test five years ago, but has been impressive in T20 leagues around the world, and has also returned to Pakistan's ODI squad in recent months.

The PCB said in a press release: "Chairman PCB Shaharyar Mohammad Khan has approved inducting Shoaib Malik as the 16th member of the Test squad against England subsequent to recommendation made by the national selection committee headed by Haroon Rashid.

"Manager Intikhab Alam had made the request to the chief selector, saying that he and head coach Waqar Younis were of the same view over retaining Shoaib Malik given his present form in T20Is and the ODIs."

Selector Rashid explained: "Following Intikhab Alam’s request, I spoke with my fellow selectors and there was unanimity over retaining Malik, keeping in mind his current batting form and the off-spin bowling option that could be handy in the all-important forthcoming Test series against England."

The first Test starts on 13 October in Abu Dhabi.