Warwickshire sign Pakistan international Shoaib Malik for this season's T20 Blast
Last Updated: 14/03/14 4:25pm
Shoaib Malik (right): Joining Birmingham Bears
Warwickshire have signed Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik for this summer's Natwest T20 Blast tournament.
Warwickshire - who will be known as Birmingham Bears for the competition - will have the 32-year-old available for their matches between 19 June and 8 July.
"I've very excited to have signed for a huge club like the Bears," Malik told the club's website. "Hopefully, I can make an important contribution in my time at Edgbaston that helps the Birmingham Bears be successful in this competition."
Malik has captained Pakistan in all forms of the game - he has played in 55 T20 internationals, 216 one-day internationals and 32 Test matches.
This will not be his first experience of county cricket - he had two spells with Gloucestershire in 2003 and 2004.
Malik, who was recently top scorer in the inaugural Caribbean T20 Premier League, said: "I enjoyed my short stints with Gloucestershire and sadly I haven't been able to play county cricket since then because of my Pakistan commitments.
Bears' director of cricket Dougie Brown 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 experience is an exciting proposition for the team as we look to progress in the new-look tournament, hopefully to finals day in front of our home fans at Edgbaston."
He will make his debut for the Bears at Edgbaston on Thursday 19 June against the Northamptonshire Steelbacks.