A right harm fast medium bowler, Malik made his Nottinghamshire Second Eleven debut in 1999 at the age of 16. In the winter of 2000/01 he toured India with the England Under 19s squad and the following winter again went abroad with England Under 19’s, this time for the Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand.

He joined the Notts Playing Staff in 2001 and in three seasons appeared in 14 first-class matches for the County.

In 2002 he took 22 wickets at 25.55 runs each, but last summer injury severely restricted his appearances. His club cricket was for Unity-Casuals.

Malik re-appeared for Notts in one match (v Somerset at Trent Bridge) in 2007, being on ‘loan’ from Worcestershire – he left Notts for New Road after the 2003 season.

He assisted Fleming in a last wicket stand of 83, of which Malik made 12 not out. This brought back memories of 2003 when Notts were 19 for nine against Essex at Trent Bridge.

MacGill and Malik then added 60 for the last wicket – Malik made 30 not out.