The former chief selector of Pakistan Cricket Team, Inzamam ul Haq thinks that Saleem Malik should have been given another opportunity as had the potential to play cricket and he still has the talent to serve his homeland.
Saleem Malik got banned for his entire life by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2000 but it was lifted by Lahore High Court later. Inzamam thinks he shall have been given another chance for rehabilitation.
Inzamam compares Azharuddin who was given another chance by BCCI and says PCB shall have done the same with Saleem. He reminds us that Saleem hit over 100 centuries and scored 7000 runs in the format. He could still have scored more.
“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 said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.
He emphasized Malik’s career and does not want his career shall have an end that way.
“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.