LAHORE Lancashire have signed former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik for next months Friends Provident Twenty20 campaign. The Pakistan Cricket Board has allowed Malik to play for Lancashire. A board official said that he was given NO objection certificate to represent in the English county. Former captain Malik was banned and fined two million rupees ($23,500) as one of seven players punished by the PCB for ill discipline, ball tampering or poor performance during Pakistans winless tour of Australia this year. Rana Naved, who was also fined two million rupees ($23,500) and suspended for one year by the PCB, was playing for Sussex in the English county championship. The PCB subsequently formed an inquiry committee and punished seven top players for the poor results. Former coach Intikhab Alam alleged Malik was someone with a negative attitude and active in intrigues in the team during the tour. Malik, who married Indian tennis star Sania Mirza last month, has filed an appeal against the suspension and fine with the PCB arbitrator Irfan Qadir. The next hearing is due on Saturday. Malik is a versatile batsman who can also bowl some handy off-spin, and he will join the Red Rose county in time for their opener against Durham Dynamos at the Riverside on Friday June, 4. When Lancashire approached me to come and play for them I didnt hesitate in saying yes, said 28 year-old Malik. I love playing cricket in England, and the opportunity to play with a club of Lancashires reputation was too good to pass up. Their recent overseas signings of Katich and Chanderpaul only add to an already strong list. Im very excited, and am look forward to a strong T20 campaign. Malik is not involved in the ongoing World Twenty20, having been banned for a year alongside a whole host of other high profile players due to a wrangle with the Pakistan Cricket Board. But his international record is a solid one in all forms. He has two Test hundreds to his name, with an average 36.11 in 29 matches. He has also taken 19 wickets. Malik has scored over 5,000 runs, including seven hundreds, and has taken 132 wickets in 190 one-day internationals. He also scored 603 runs and taken 14 wickets in 30 Twenty20 internationals. He captained his country from 2007, leading them to the final of the World Twenty20 in South Africa in September of that year. He even skippered the side in two Twenty20 internationals against England in Dubai in February of this year. Lancashire cricket director Mike Watkinson reported to have said: We are delighted to recruit yet another world class player to the cricket club. Shoaib will be a quality addition to our T20 squad. Lancashire coach Peter Moores added: Shoaib has a proven track record in the game, and is a versatile cricketer. Hes at a good age, can bat up and down the order, and is an experienced spin bowler. We look forward to welcoming him to the squad.