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PCB adds to confusion over Malik’s eligibility

Published Oct 29, 2012 12:29pm


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Has Malik been cleared by the ICC? The PCB remains clueless about the former captain's eligibility to hold a cricket-related job. -File photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan cricket chiefs have made no decision yet on disgraced former captain Salim Malik's bid to become the national side's batting coach, an official said Monday.

The 49-year-old Malik last week applied for the post, saying he was under no bar after a Pakistani court lifted his life ban for match fixing in October 2008, though the sport's governing body has not publicly endorsed the ruling.

Malik was banned from cricket for life in 2000 by a judicial inquiry after Australian players Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh alleged Malik had offered them money to under-perform during their team's tour to Pakistan in 1994.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf had effectively ruled out Malik’s appointment a few days ago saying: “Only those candidates will be considered who meet our eligibility process.”

But a PCB spokesman confirmed Malik, a dashing middle-order batsman in his day, had applied for the post and that there was no final decision on his appointment yet.

“Malik's application was received last week and now it is up to the committee to choose the candidate for the job on merit and nothing has been finalised as yet on Malik by the committee or PCB chairman,” PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said.

Pakistan last year formed a coaching committee under former captain and PCB director Intikhab Alam, with legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas, Naushad Ali and former captain turned commentator Ramiz Raja as members.

The panel earlier this year chose former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore as the head coach, Englishman Julian Fountain as fielding coach and former Pakistan paceman Mohammad Akram as bowling coach.

“The committee will also assess the credentials of Malik in a similar way as they assess the credentials of other candidates who have applied for the job and in Malik's case they will also check whether he is eligible to take a cricket-related job,” the spokesman said.

Announcing his bid for the job on Friday, Malik said he was not put off by the fact he has no coaching badges -- a requirement stipulated by the PCB.

Malik has been recently involved in private coaching but his failure to clear the lifting of the ban with the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been a hurdle in him taking a cricket-related job.

PCB had to reverse its decision of appointing Malik batting coach for their academy in Lahore in 2008 after the ICC reportedly objected.


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Asif Oct 29, 2012 03:12pm
I would say hire him, PCB is consists of corrupt employees and adding him to the bunch would not look that bad. After all we had Ijaz Ahmed coach who has been found guilty many times. All I can say, PCB you will never learn your lesson
Amir Oct 30, 2012 10:50pm
same applies to Mushtaq Ahmed,Waqar younis,Inzimam,Akram and other people who were involved in Match Fixing.
azam Oct 29, 2012 04:33pm
pcb should not hire any one who have been involved in wrong doing same time pcb must hire local forget about international coaches
mel Oct 29, 2012 09:07pm
Well, if he is not qualified to be a 'National batting coach' then they should make him the National BETTING coach. He has the most experience in that business LOL
Sy3d Oct 30, 2012 12:41am
This shows how tolerant PCB is towards the corruption, I mean how in the world they even let him approach for the position? He should have been kicked out straight away, Salim Asif etc etc, they can say whatever they want but this does not change the fact that they were proven guilty. What a bunch of shameless people these players are.
Gautam Oct 29, 2012 11:22pm
hmm....Malik to 'fix' the system!?! ;)
another view. Oct 30, 2012 12:39am
In Pakistan, corruption is not a taboo like it is in Western nations. 80% Pakistanis think it is too much punishment for a sportsmen while their top leaders are roaming around with much bigger baggage.
Ahmed Saeed Oct 29, 2012 12:52pm
PCB has loads of corrupt and inefficient people. Malik will be cannon the destroyer.
Syed W. Ali Oct 29, 2012 03:41pm
Is this even a question still? This is unbelievable. Can Pakistan afford to showcase a batting coach of a national side who is a convicted boogeyman? If anything, Mr Salim Malik should be banned from interacting with the youth or conducting any affairs related to cricket. What we cannot afford to do is to tell the youth today that it is fine to break the law and that eventually all will be forgiven.
S khan Oct 29, 2012 02:09pm
He was a disgrace so zardari will personally order his hiring to go ahead , we deserve that
Akber Wali Oct 29, 2012 02:06pm
I would say 'NO' to Malik. If he found guilty in his act.
farrukh Oct 29, 2012 02:45pm
please do not appoint a corrupt person like salim malik .. uss ke moon (face) kala kar ke gadhe par bitha kar poore lahore ki round lagai jai... have the selectors gone crazy that they are even considering Salim Malik
Dr Siddiqui Oct 29, 2012 02:33pm
Backdoor entry for another round of sinking in the quagmire of corruption! Wake up call for all who have a say to stop this circus of the shameless!