Former Lahore High Court Judge Mr Justice (retired) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, in his capacity as an independent adjudicator, proclaimed his decision on Saleem Malik’s fixing case. According to Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should issue a Clearance Certificate in his favour. The former Pakistan cricketer is out to prove his non-involvement in betting and fixing.
Saleem Malik, who made his international debut back in 1982, became the first player in 2000 to face a ban from all cricket when Justice Qayyum’s found him guilty. Australia’s Shane Warne and Mark Waugh also testified against him that Malik tried to bribe them for losing the Karachi Test of 1994-95. A year after his ban, he appealed in the Lahore High Court against it; however, it stood rejected.
Justice Chauhan stated that Saleem Malik seeks a clearance certificate from PCB of his non-involvement in match-fixing or betting. Instead, the former player must showcase his good character independent of PCB and cannot ask PCB for NOC for providing him a job or grant permission. The right-handed batsman played his last game in national colours in June 1999 against India in Manchester and aspires to run a cricket academy under the PCB.
“Appellant (Saleem Malik) is seeking a Clearance Certificate from PCB to the effect that he is not involved in any kind of match-fixing or betting. This prayer for issuance of NOC from PCB (the employer) is unnatural. Appellant has applied for a job or post or permission to run a Cricket Academy under PCB and at the same time is seeking NOC from PCB. This prayer cannot be granted. The appellant had to show his good character independent of PCB. He cannot ask PCB to issue NOC for providing him a job or grant him permission,” Chauhan stated as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk.
Saleem Malik’s appeal disposed of currently:
PCB Counsel Mr Taffazul Rizvi announced that the current appeal in hand is disposed of since PCB shall not utilise transcripts of 25-5-2000 against Saleem Malik. The Pakistan Cricket Board could still decide on the application of Malik’s post as a batting coach.
“The appeal in hand is disposed of holding that PCB shall not use the transcripts dated 25-5-2000 against the appellant (Saleem Malik) without verifying the same against original tapes. PCB is further directed to decide the application of the appellant (Saleem Malik) for the post of batting coach, either way,” Rizvi mentioned.