Saleem Malik, the former Pakistani cricketer, has demanded a second chance by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to serve Pakistan once again either as a coach of any captaincy.
Saleem was handed over a life-time ban in 2000 and was kicked out of the national squad on Justice Qayyum’s inquiry. He has reminded the board of his valuable services and contributions to Pakistan Cricket and has urged to take him again giving another opportunity.
He also thanked those cricketers who are speaking in favor of him for granting him another chance. He pointed out M. Amir and Sharjeel Khan who as well got banned but have gotten the second opportunity to play for Pakistan.
“Like in India, former captain Mohammad Azharuddin was also named once, but he is now the President of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. Similarly, Malik should also be involved in some kind of cricket-related activities,” Inzamam ul Haq said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.
“It is unfortunate to see that his career ended like that. It should not have ended that way. But I believe he deserves a second innings to do something for the country,” said Inzamam.
“The way Mohammad Yusuf used to play, the way Zaheer Abbas used to or the way Babar Azam plays, Malik was also the same type of player. He has played more than 100 Tests for Pakistan and scored more than 7000 runs.”
“The new generation might not have seen him play but he was a great player. I have never seen someone analyze the game as well as he used to do. He might have been away from the game for more than 10-15 year but he still has a lot to give back,” added the former Pakistan skipper.
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In response, Malik added,
“I would like to thank Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saqlain Mushtaq, Rashid Latif, and Shoaib Akhtar for their kind words for me,”
Saleem Malik says that he should also be given another chance just like other cricketers.
“Just like other cricketers, I deserve a second chance, PCB should give me any kind of responsibility as I want to develop young cricketers from my vast experience of the game,” He said in a video message.
On the contrary, PCB has recently decided to consider crime activities and match-fixing scandals as an offense, and the decision was later appreciated by International Cricket Council (ICC). Former cricketers, such as Javed Miandad, however, have declined the existing view of many sports bodies according to which, corrupts and culprits shall be given another chance to prove themselves. Miandad thinks PCB shall not restrict on lighter punishments either they shall hang such players.