Woodworm sign Cricket Star Shoaib Malik

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Woodworm Cricket is delighted to announce the signing of Shoaib Malik, the globally renowned Pakistan batsman.

Woodworm, one the world's leading bat manufacturers, has signed Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik to represent the brand.

As a versatile and intelligent batsman, Malik is a player who adapts to the game he is playing. A mainstay in the test team, a high score of 148* and an average of almost 40 show he has the class and patience to play the longer form at the game. However, with an international T20 average of over 30 at a strike rate of 118, and an ODI average of over 35, he is no stranger to scoring at pace, frequently slogging balls out of the park and sending the crowds into a frenzy.

During the recent ICC match between Pakistan and India, Malik stole the show. Watched by an estimated 1 billion people across the globe, Malik hit a sensational 128 runs at over a run a ball, driving Pakistan to a strong total of 302, which ultimately proved too tough for the Indian batting line up.

"We are delighted to sign a player of Shoaib's calibre. Since his international debut in 1999, he has proved himself to be one of the world's leading batsmen in all forms of the game," said Woodworm chief Simon Millington.

"Since taking over Woodworm at the end of 2008, we have been looking to take Woodworm to the next level, not just with outstanding products but also with outstanding signings. Malik's incredible innings against India last weekend is testament to his quality, and he is exactly the kind of player we want representing Woodworm on the world stage."

Woodworm released its new cricket bats range, the iBat, at the beginning of the 2009 season, and has seen huge success with sales exceeding expectations. Available in a variety of weights and grades, there is an iBat cricket bat to suit all standards and styles of players. The range is expected to run throughout the 2010 season.

The iBat, as used by Malik, is available exclusively online from Woodworm at http://www.woodworm.tv.

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