Court lifts ban on Malik for match-fixing

October 23rd, 2008 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Oct 23 (IANS) A Pakistan court Thursday lifted the ban on former cricket captain Salim Malik for his involvement in match fixing. The Lahore High Court (LHC) lifted the eight-year-old ban on Malik, paving the way for him to play in the non-sanctioned Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Malik told reporters that he had served Pakistan cricket for 19 years and the ban was the “darkest” part of his life. He said he feels “vindicated” and now looks forward to getting involved in cricketing activities.

An enquiry commission led by Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyum found him guilty of bribing Australian cricketers Shane Warne and Mark Waugh to lose the 1994-95 Karachi Test.

Malik said ICL chairman Kapil Dev gave him an offer to play in the ICL.

“He (Kapil) has offered me to play in the ICL, though I have not decided on it yet,” he told reporters.

Malik, 45, said he was out of cricket for eight years and this may not allow him to play at this stage.

Civil judge Malik Mohammad Altaf quashed the LHC ban imposed for match fixing for which he was publicly accused by Australian players Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Tim May of offering them bribes to under-perform during their tour of Pakistan in 1994.

Malik had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court which in May this year which instructed a Civil Court in Lahore to hear the case and record evidence.

Malik, who had played 103 Tests and 263 One-Day Internationals, said that soon he will start working to establish cricket academy for youngsters: “I want to serve the cricket lovers especially the youngsters.”

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) reacting to the decision said that it will honour the court verdict. PCB lawyer Tafazzul Rizvi made said the ban was imposed by a court and PCB is bound to accept the verdict.

Former Pakistan paceman Ata-ur-Rehman was among those who gave evidence to the 1999-2000 PCB inquiry about the prevalence of match-fixing by his Pakistan teammates. He later retracted his comments, prompting the inquiry judge to warn him against committing perjury.

Rehman also received a life ban from cricket for match fixing, but that was revoked by the International Cricket Council in 2006.

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