Saleem Malik's request for obtaining a No Objection Certificate from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been denied by an independent adjudicator in a detailed judgment released on Monday.
Former Lahore High Court Judge, Justice (retd) Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan observed in the concluding paragraph of his judgment: “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."
The tainted former Pakistan skipper had petitioned against the PCB to clear his name from the two decades old ignominious match-fixing scandal.
Malik was handed a life ban in 2000 as a result of the recommendations from the Justice Qayyum inquiry commission and has been striving hard since then to absolve his tarnished image.
In recent months, the 57-year-old has gone to great lengths including a public apology to convince the PCB to allow him back into the cricketing mainstream.
The main contention against Malik lies in the incriminating April 2000 conversation with corrupt elements, which was divulged by The News of the World reporter in a sting operation.
However, Malik's legal team argued in the hearing that "these are forged and fabricated transcripts prepared by the PCB itself to use against the appellant with mala fide intention to keep the appellant away from the game of cricket."
In response, Chauhan rejected Malik's arguments to not use the evidence of the said transcripts to question his credentials.
“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," Chauhan said.
"PCB is further directed to decide the application of the appellant (Saleem Malik) for the post of batting coach, either way,” he added leaving the matter of Malik's prospective coaching future uncertain.
“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 with a job or grant him permission," the judgment further noted in reference to Malik's admission of wrongdoing in a letter dated 05-05-2014.
PCB Counsel Taffazul Rizvi reiterated: “The appeal filed by Mr Saleem Malik has been disposed of by the learned independent adjudicator, Mr Justice (Retd) Fazal-e-Miran Chohan. The learned independent adjudicator has inter alia held that the prayer of Mr Salim Malik for the grant of NOC cannot be granted as he has to show his good character."
“It is also been held by the adjudicator that Mr Salim Malik cannot ask the PCB to issue NOC to provide him job or grant him permission.”