Malik included in Test squad

Malik's last Test match came against England in August 2010

Malik’s last Test match came against England in August 2010

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Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik is set to make his Test comeback after he was drafted into the squad for the upcoming series against England.

Malik, who has not played Test cricket since August 2010, was chosen based on his superb form with the bat as of late and due to the fact that he is a useful spinner.

According to a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) press release, team manager Intikhab Alam urged chief selector Haroon Rashid to include Malik in the Test squad as he and head coach Waqar Younis both had a feeling that the 33-year-old could prove to be a very valuable asset. Rashid then spoke to PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan, who agreed to let the all-rounder join the Test squad.

“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,” Rashid said.

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