THE Hobart Hurricanes have filled its international quota for this summer by securing the signature of one of the best exponents of Twenty20; Pakistan's Shoaib Malik.
The former Pakistani skipper joins English batsman Owais Shah as the Hurricanes' international signings, while the franchise also has former England all- rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas on its books on a domestic contract.
Malik, 31, has played 134 T20s, scoring 3396 runs, with a high score of 88 not out, at an average of 39.03 and a strike-rate of 39.03.
His off-spin has also netted him 75 wickets at an average of 21.50 at an economy rate of 6.76.
The 25th ranked T20 all- rounder in international cricket was one of the players of the recent Caribbean Premier League, scoring 272 in eight matches at a strike- rate of 112.86 for the Barbados Tridents.
"He's an exciting player, a fast-paced batsman who will likely bat in our middle order and he'll add another option to our bowling stocks as well," Hobart Hurricanes coach Damien Wright said of the man who was part of Pakistan's 2009 World T20 title team.
Malik debuted in international cricket as an 18-year-old and has played 32 Tests, 216 ODIs and 53 T20 Internationals.
Hobart has one place left to fill on its list.
It will begin its 2013-14 Big Bash League campaign on December 22 when it hosts Adelaide Strikers at Bellerive Oval.
Hurricanes: George Bailey, Travis Birt, Aiden Blizzard, Doug Bollinger, Cameron Boyce, Xavier Doherty, Ben Dunk, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ben Laughlin, Shoaib Malik, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Joe Mennie, Tim Paine, Owais Shah, Timm Van Der Gugten, Jonathan Wells.