Lahore: Chairman PCB Shaharyar Mohammad Khan has approved inclusion of Shoaib Malik as the 16th member of the Test squad against England subsequent to recommendation made by the national selection committee.

The first Test between Pakistan and England commences at Abu Dhabi on Oct. 13, says a press statement issued today.

Manager Intikhab Alam had made the request to the chief selector Haroon Rasheed, saying that he and head coach Waqar Younis were of the same view over retaining Shoaib Malik given his present form in T20Is and the ODIs.

“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,” said Haroon Rashid.