LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Salim Malik on Sunday apologised to the nation over match-fixing after lengthy 19 years and stated he was able to reveal all of the secrets and techniques linked to match-fixing on account of which he was banned for all times.
“I am very sorry for what I had done 19 years ago. I am ready to extend unconditional cooperation to the International Cricket Council and the Pakistan Cricket Board in this regard,” he stated right here in a video message.
Proper-handed Malik, 57, was discovered responsible of match-fixing and was banned for all times after a judicial inquiry in 2000 in a scandal that rocked the cricket-mad nation.
Australian cricketers’ trio of Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Tim Might had accused him of providing them bribes to underperform throughout their tour of Pakistan in 1994-95.
Malik’s ban was lifted by a Pakistani courtroom in 2008 however the choice was not endorsed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) or the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC).
Convicted cricketer apologises for involvement in fixing
The previous middle-order batsman, who performed 103 Checks and 283 One-day Internationals in a profession that stretched from 1982 to 1999, stated he was additionally able to cooperate with the anti-corruption unit of the ICC to supply them info in match-fixing scandal.
He stated beneath the human rights legal guidelines, he additionally deserved that his case be thought-about on humanitarian grounds as he had suffered so much as a result of mistake he dedicated way back and spent 19 years of life in wilderness being away from the sport.
“I did not do anything other than playing cricket which I started at the age of eight. I have played this game throughout my life, this is my bread and butter. Therefore, I appeal that under the laws of human rights I like other players [found guilty of fixing] be treated,” he stated.
Malik continued, “Whatever [relevant] laws of the ICC and PCB are there, I am ready to fully cooperate with them.”
Malik, a member of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning squad, utilized for the job of nationwide group’s batting coach in 2012 and was additionally in rivalry for the pinnacle teaching job on the Nationwide Cricket Academy in 2008 however was ignored on each events because the ICC didn’t endorse lifting of his life ban by the courtroom.
He stated that different gamers responsible of match- or spot-fixing had been allowed to return to sport and within the given circumstances he additionally deserved a second likelihood to re-start his cricket profession, now this time within the position of a coach.
“Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Sharjeel Khan have been playing but I have been ignored and not considered to become a coach of players,” he stated.
Salman, Asif and Amir had been banned for 5 years in a spot-fixing case in 2010, whereas Sharjeel was handed the same sentence in 2017.
In the meantime, responding to Malik’s video assertion, PCB authorized adviser Tafazzul Rizvi stated it was good to listen to Malik providing his full and unconditional cooperation to them and the ICC.
“For any player desirous of wanting to make a comeback the only way is to fully cooperate with his board under the anti-corruption laws,” Tafazzul stated.
“First of all Salim Malik should respond to the questions we had asked him in April, 2011 regarding the meetings he held in London.”
Tafazzul additional stated the PCB had additionally despatched Malik the transcripts of the assembly which had been ahead to them by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit.
“Malik should give explanation of these meetings and then we can take his case forward.”
Printed in Daybreak, April 27th, 2020