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Saleem Malik apologises to fans for match-fixing in 90s

Saleem Malik apologises to fans for match-fixing in 90s
April 26, 2020 05:44 pm

KARACHI (92 News) – Former Pakistan batsman Saleem Malik – who was banned for match-fixing in 90s – has apologised to cricket fans after 19 years and has asked to be reinstated back into the cricketing fold. “I want to apologise to all fans of cricket if my actions have hurt them,” Saleem Malik said in a video statement. “I want to assure the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of my complete cooperation.” However, the former right-handed batsman has said that he is now willing to completely cooperate with the authorities. “Cricket is all I know, that is all I have been doing since I was eight,” said the cricketer. “Cricket is my bread and butter. I would like to make an appeal that, according to human rights laws, I am also treated with kindness like others are. I am ready to comply by the laws and procedures of the ICC and the PCB.” It is pertinent to mention here that Malik was an integral part of the Pakistan side during his heydays and had recently said that he wants to serve again, having seen his life ban lifted by courts in 2008. The PCB had stated that they were averse to the idea of involving Malik in their activities since he seemed unwilling to cooperate. “There were outstanding and serious questions with regard to his [Malik’s] integrity,” PCB’s legal attorney Tafazzul Rizvi told ESPNcricinfo. “He was given a transcript to clarify but he never returned even after repeated calls.”  

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