Saleem Malik expressed remorse over his involvement in match-fixing, apologized to the public and asked the authorities to allow him to get connected with cricket again as this is his 'bread and butter' and he doesn't know anything else.
Ex-Pakistan captain Saleem Malik is barred from taking any part in cricket activities as he received a life ban after being found guilty in trying to fix a Test in 1994 against Australia in Justice Qayyum's report.
A fine batsman of his era, Saleem scored 5,768 runs in 103 Tests at a terrific average of 43.69 and donned the Pakistan jersey in 283 ODIs, averaging 32.88 with 47 fifties and five centuries to his name.
PCB's lawyer Tafazul Rizvi has welcomed Saleem Mailk’s intent to work with the board - in coaching or any similar role - and asked him to submit answers of all the questions that were put forward by the anti-corruption department in 2011.
Saleem got his life ban decision overturned by a session court in Lahore in 2008 but that didn’t have any impact on his hireability and he has been sidelined since the match-fixing scandal in 2000.
The sturdy middle-order batsman was endowed with astute game awareness and he played alongside the likes of Inzamam-ul-Haq, Wasim Akram and Saeed Anwar.
He was a classy batter of his time and a mentally strong player who was expert at piercing the gaps in the field and he liked to dominate the bowlers. Salim didn't just thrive in home conditions but he had a superb record in overseas tours as well.
Saleem's career came to an abrupt halt when the Justice Qayyum Commission findings culminated in his life ban.
The former Pakistan captain is now requesting the PCB to give him a second chance just like Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Amir have been given an opportunity to redeem themselves after bringing the game into disrepute.
The 57-year-old makes an emotional plea to the board and appeals them to not deprive him of his livelihood.