KARACHI: Former captain Salim Malik has been barred from representing Pakistan Veterans in Sri Lanka amid fears of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) discontentment with the player who is banned from cricket for life.
Malik was included in the squad that left for Sri Lanka yesterday for a four-match one-day series. However, the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association (PVCA), which was adamant to include the former batsman in the team, was forced to reverse its decision, dropping Malik at the eleventh hour following instructions from authorities.
The PVCA Chairman Fawad Ijaz Khan said his association had no hesitation in having Malik in its team but had to reconsider the decision after being asked by a senior PCB official.
“Our body does not come under the PCB or the ICC,” Khan told reporters prior to his team’s departure to Colombo. “We had no issues having Malik play for us. It was only after Intikhab Alam, who is also the chairman of the Punjab Veterans Cricket Association, asked us to drop him to avoid any controversy that we reversed our decision.
“Alam told us that the ICC has not cleared him and he had reservations over Malik’s inclusion, saying that the former captain should not travel with a team carrying a national flag as it may create unnecessary furore.”
However, Khan said that Malik will continue to be a part of Pakistan Veterans team. “We will continue to select Malik in our squads for future series.” The PCB had appointed Malik as head coach of the National Cricket Academy but reversed the decision after the ICC showed its displeasure over the appointment of a banned cricketer.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 1st, 2011.
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The leading body for pakistan cricket has no substance at any level of discussion,be it in pakistan or internationaly. we have seen past leading players to be critical to points of view and change and be part of those same views while in office to no avail.You talk about salim malik for not to be picked for veterans team because of influence from icc.What dose life ban mean,you commit murder but get let off for diminished responsibilities. And in sport you have made foolish mistakes, but are remorseful to your actions there should be some grace.If islamic republic of pakistan had such great values of principle and law and order in the country then i can understand.These people might have been kidding themselves for all these years but how sad the national public have not realised being made fools of by the pcb board, ministers, and media for boosting self centered kicks.
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Good job, people like him should not be allowed in cricket grounds.
I am fully behind Pakistan cricket authorities' decision