Home > News >

Saleem Malik hits out at PCB for not reviewing his life ban

Saleem Malik said he was fed up with the double standards of PCB and the International Cricket Council (ICC) © AFP
Saleem Malik said he was fed up with the double standards of PCB and the International Cricket Council (ICC) © AFP

Karachi: Apr 23, 2014

Former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for refusing to review his life ban and for not recognising a welfare association in which he is actively involved holding a benefit match at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.

Malik, who now sports a beard, said he was fed up with the double standards of PCB and the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“I was banned for life for alleged match fixing in 2000. I appealed against the ban in the sessions court, Lahore High Court and Supreme court and finally in 2008 the sessions court lifted the ban but the board refuses to accept the judgement and reopen my case,” Malik told PTI on Wednesday.

“In India, Mohammed Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja were also banned for life but after winning their cases in court the Indian cricket board let them back into the cricketing fold. But in Pakistan, the PCB has just refused to accept the court’s,” he said.

“On one hand the PCB wants the ICC to reduce the ban on a banned player, Mohammad Aamer, and in my case it is not even willing to review my case again,” Malik fumed.

Malik, 51, who played 103 Tests and 283 One-day Internationals, is upset with the PCB due to a recent incident at the Gaddafi stadium.

The former middle-order batsman said he and some other former players, who regularly met at the Minto Park to play veterans cricket, had formed a welfare association to work for needy former players, umpires and organisers.

“We had scheduled a benefit match for former Test pacer, Ehteshamuddin last Sunday at the Gaddafi stadium after getting clearance from the board. We had invited all top former and present players for the match. Shaved Afridi specially flew down to Lahore at his own expense for the match while Misbah, Inzamam, Hafeez, Razzaq and others had also confirmed,” he recalled.

“But the evening before the match when we were giving final touches to the match I got a call from Intikhab Alam saying I couldn’t organise the match as I was serving a ban and the board didn’t recognise the welfare association. I pleaded with him to allow the match to go ahead and I would step aside but they just didn’t listen,” he said.

Malik vowed that he would not stop working for the welfare body and he would request PCB chairman Najam Sethi to review his case again.

“Is the other people under the Chairman who are giving him wrong advice and misleading him. Even after the 2008 court decision, I wanted to apply for the batting coach position at the national academy but at the last moment these people got the then Chairman, Ijaz Butt, to withdraw my appointment letter,” Malik added.

One of the finest players of spin, Malik said he was dying to do something for Pakistan cricket and pass on his batting skills to the present generation.

“I have suffered a lot because despite the court decision the stigma remains with me since the PCB has not lifted the ban. My children at one stage were refused admission to a prestigious school/college because of this stigma on me,” he said.

“I will also be writing to the ICC soon to find out what is their role when I have a court decision in my favour,” he stated.

The PCB is presently also holding an inquiry against a board official and some Pakistan players including Wahab Riaz, Fawad Alam, Nasir Jamshed, Shahzaib Hasan and Abdul Razzaq after they were involved in exhibition matches played in Houston, USA this month as it featured another banned Test player, Danish Kaneria.

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Photos

Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney

Videos

AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Cricket Australia’s marketing gimmick strips umpires of their independence

Live Updates: IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal hearing in Supreme Court: BCCI is killing the game, says Supreme Court

Australia’s top form in ODIs: Early warning for teams heading to ICC World Cup 2015

Myth Busting — did Sachin Tendulkar’s rate of scoring become slower in the second half of his career?

Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina in interesting tussle ahead of India’s Test series against Australia

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 India India tour of Australia 2014-15 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Michael Clarke denies retirement plans; hopes to be fit in time for 1st Test against India

Live Scorecard: Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Practice Match at Adelaide, Day 2

Live Cricket Score: Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Practice Match at Adelaide, Day 2

Daniel Vettori set to make Test comeback in Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test at Sharjah

India Women vs South Africa Women 2014: Chloe Tryon’s half-century earns Proteas two-wicket win in 1st ODI

India tour of Australia 2014-15: Can India afford such a rigorous tour just ahead of ICC World Cup 2015?

Chandu Patankar: A gloveman lost amidst Bombay stalwarts

Cheteshwar Pujara faces crucial series in Australia following England nightmare

The first match at the Melbourne Cricket Club

IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: N Srinivasan increasingly cornered by Supreme Court’s observations

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

Dilip Kumar dead, claim people on Twitter!

4 signs you have vitamin K deficiency

Week by Week Pregnancy Guide – Week 25 of your pregnancy

Here’s why Shahid Kapoor is the perfect find for the Magadheera remake!

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here