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Saleem Malik‘s ongoing quest to be reintegrated into Pakistan cricket has been pushed again as soon as once more by the PCB. The board believes Malik hasn’t once more responded satisfactorily to the contents of a dialog 20 years in the past during which he talked about fixing cricket matches.
Whereas Malik insists he had submitted a response final month to the board concerning a sting operation by an English tabloid 20 years in the past, the PCB doesn’t imagine his response appropriately addresses the matter.
After the Qayyum report was launched in 2000 – during which Malik was banned for all times – the now-defunct newspaper Information of the World launched a video during which Malik was allegedly caught providing to doubtlessly corrupt gamers and video games in alternate for cash.
The reporter concerned within the sting – Mazher Mahmood – was the identical because the one which carried out the 2010 Lord’s spot-fixing operation. The revelations and allegations arising from the sting weren’t a part of the Justice Qayyum inquiry; that inquiry befell within the yr earlier than this story and the report had been made public days earlier than the sting.
Whereas Malik remained out of the fold for various years, he has lately begun to attraction to the PCB to reintegrate him, and made himself accessible for teaching or mentoring roles. The PCB, nonetheless, stay adamant that won’t be potential till Malik has substantively handled the questions that the sting raised.
Malik submitted his response in June, however the PCB’s assertion on Friday makes clear they don’t seem to be glad with its contents. ESPNcricinfo understands the board believes the response to be irrelevant to the difficulty at hand. “Within the backdrop of the above, the PCB shall be unable to proceed any additional till such time you reply on the mentioned matter,” the assertion mentioned.
Malik’s cricketing profession was in the end sullied by match-fixing scandals. In a judicial inquiry that started in 1998 and continued for 13 months, he was discovered responsible of bribing Australian cricketers Shane Warne and Mark Waugh to lose the 1994-95 Karachi Test. Malik was fined Rs 1 million and banned for all times in 2000, however eight years later his sentence was overturned by a Lahore classes courtroom, permitting him theoretically to return to the fold. Nevertheless, at the moment’s assertion from the PCB makes clear little progress has been made between the 2 events since Malik started his newest try and fully rehabilitate himself.
The PCB accused the previous captain of “denial and avoidance” with respect to the transcripts, and referred to an apology he had made in 2014 during which he appeared to “settle for my wrongdoing, apologise to the followers and begin my rehabilitation course of”.
The PCB additionally addressed Danish Kaneria‘s latest appeals for rehabilitation. The legspinner was banned for life in 2012 by the ECB after a disciplinary panel discovered him responsible of corruption after a stint in county cricket within the UK, implicated throughout fellow participant Mervyn Westfield’s felony trial. The board instructed the participant he was interesting to the flawed occasion, and was suggested to strategy the ECB, the board that had banned him within the first place.
“You had been banned for all times by the ECB’s Cricket Self-discipline Fee after it was established that you simply had ‘knowingly induced or inspired Mervyn Westfield to not carry out on his deserves within the Durham match'” the assertion mentioned. “You subsequently challenged the choice earlier than the Attraction Panel of the Cricket Disciplinary Fee, which was upheld. Then, you appealed earlier than a business bench of the Excessive Courtroom in London, which was dismissed. Then, you appealed earlier than the Courtroom of Attraction (Civil Division), which was rejected. The PCB’s rehabilitation programme is obtainable to gamers upon conclusion of the respective durations of ineligibility and never for gamers who’re serving life bans.”