Malik signs for SA T20 franchise

Updated October 18, 2019

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Shoaib Malik (pictured)  will take over from West Indian Chris Gayle. — AFP/File
Shoaib Malik (pictured) will take over from West Indian Chris Gayle. — AFP/File

JOHANNESBURG: Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik will join Johannesburg-based Jozi Stars for the latter stages of the Mzansi Super League Twenty20 tournament this season.

The franchise announced on Thursday that Malik would take over from West Indian Chris Gayle, the franchise’s marquee overseas signing. Gayle is only available for the first six of the Stars’ ten league matches.

The Jozi Stars are the defending champions in the tournament, which was launched by Cricket South Africa last year despite the lack of a title sponsor or a major television deal. The 2019 edition will be played between Nov 8 and Dec 16.

Malik, 37, has played in 35 Tests, 287 One-day Internationals and 111 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan.

Published in Dawn, October 18th, 2019