Salim Malik wants coaching role in Pakistan
Disgraced former Pakistan captain Salim Malik yesterday said he has applied for the job of national batting coach, insisting he is not barred after a court lifted his life ban four years ago.
Malik, 49, was banned by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2000 after a judicial inquiry conducted by Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyum found him guilty of offering bribes to Australian players to lose.
Malik, who always pleaded his innocence, was also named in an inquiry conducted by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, which led to life bans on their captain Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma.
The ban on Malik was lifted by a court in Lahore in October 2008. Malik, a stylish batsman in his day, now claims that he is cleared of all fixing charges.
“I am cleared and my life ban was lifted four years ago,” Malik told reporters after submitting his application with the PCB. “I am cleared by the PCB and the ICC so I can now be involved in any cricket related activity,” he added.