LAHORE: Saleem Malik who has played for Pakistan cricket team for almost 17 years, then was banned for life by commission headed by Justice Malik Qayyum formed on match-fixing allegations, he was found guilty. In a recent interview said, ” I want a second chance,I want to serve my country again”.
Replying to question asked by Pakpassion.net whether he thinks he was treated fairly by Justice Qayyam, Malik said, ” I was coming towards the end of my international career so I was mae the scapegoat. They had to fine one or two scapegoats and I was conveniently one of them”.
In 90’s while playing for the Paksitan, wicket-keeper Rashid Latif raised the allegations of match-fixing against his own team-members as a result Pakistan government formed a commission to investigate his claims.
Justice Qayyum Malik recommended life ban on Salim Malik and Ata-ur-Reham. Other players were fined including Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed, Inzammaul Haq, Waseem Akram, Waqar Younis and Akram Raza.
Giving his thoughts on Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt re-launching after ban time is over, Mailk said, ” Islam teaches us that if someone has made a mistake and sinned and been punished and then asks for forgiveness then we should give that person another chance and forgive them”.
Saleem Malik’s International Career:
Malik has played 103 Test matches with an average of 43.69 he scored 5768 runs, he has made 15 centuries and 29 fifties during his career, picket 5 wickets as bowler.
One-day international career of Malik limits to 283 matches, with the help of 5 centuries and 47 fifties he has scored 7170 runs with an average of 32.88, as an bowler he claimed 89 wickets.