Saleem Malik was born on April 16, 1963. He is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1981/82 and 1999, at one stage captaining the Pakistani cricket team. He was a right-handed wristy middle order batsman who was strong square of the wicket. His legbreak bowling was also quite effective. Despite playing over 100 Tests he would go down in cricket history as the first of a number of international cricketers to be banned for match fixing during the turn of the 20th century. Saleem is the brother in law of former teammate Ijaz Ahmed
Saleem Malik was many things: a gifted, wristy, square-of-the-wicket batsman; the first man who really got on top of Shane Warne, in Pakistan in 1994-95; a fine overseas player for Essex (where he became known as “Slim”) in 1991, if less so later; and an influential captain of Pakistan. Unfortunately his role in cricket did not end there. In 2000, he became the first player to be banned – from all cricket – for match-fixing, when Justice Qayyum’s inquiry found him guilty. Shane Warne and Mark Waugh also testified that Malik had tried to bribe them to lose the Karachi Test of 1994-95 (which Australia did, by one wicket). He protested his innocence, appealed against the ban in 2001 but the Lahore High Court rejected it. He sought relief from the Supreme Court and after a seven-year wait, had his ban lifted. He now has plans to start a cricket academy.
For the played a match to him the owner of test the first in March in 1982, against the Sri Lanka in Karachi.After make the 12 in the tours the first him that he feet 100 which did not defeat in the second group for the preparation of this Declaration. Aged 18 years and 323 days at the time was the youngest player to make a second century in the first test.
During a tour of England in 1987, and the owner fell for 99 at Headingley and made 102 in the oval. He said he knows the conditions of English, to play for Essex for a few years during the early 1990s. He had a good season in 1991, scoring 1972 and runs, and more than 3 non-English player to Essex. In Test cricket he was doing better against England than any other of his opponents, which appears 19 times and made 1396 runs at 60.70.
He was one of the remarkable performance in one day international cricket he played a role against India in 1987. Chase 238 in 40 overs, Pakistan reduced to 161/5 when sound arrived at the crease. He scored 72 of the remaining out of 77 runs required, making it one of just 36 states birth. Pakistan finished unbeaten and won with 2 wickets with 3 balls to spare is still in the game.
He led Pakistan in 12 Tests, winning 7. In cricket ODI led his country 34 times and won 21 of them.
Malik captained Pakistan in tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe before being suspended from cricket having been accused of bribery. He was however found innocent and allowed to continue his career. Malik played his last Test match in January 1999 but ended his cricket career in disgrace, having been banned from associating himself with the game in any capacity by Justice Qayyam’s enquiry in May 2000. He became the first ever cricketer to be banned for match fixing and his appeals of innocence have not borne fruit since, remaining an outcast in the cricketing world.
Saleem Malik’s career performance graph.
A local court of Lahore, has lifted the life ban imposed by Pakistan Cricket Board on October 23, 2008. Civil judge Malik Mohammad Altaf ruled in favor of Malik and quashed the ban imposed for alleged match fixing.
He claimed to have accepted an offer by the PCB to work as the Chief Coach for country’s National Cricket Academy on 3rd November, 2008 just days after the ban was lifted, however, the PCB denied making any such offer.
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