Saleem Malik

Saleem Malik

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Saleem Malik

Saleem Malik is a former Pakistani cricketer who was one of the leading batsmen for the Pakistan national cricket team during the 1980s and 1990s. He was born on April 16, 1963, in Lahore, Pakistan. Malik was a right-handed middle-order batsman who was known for his elegant stroke play and ability to anchor the innings.  Saleem Malik

Here are some key points and highlights from Saleem Malik’s cricketing career:

  1. International Debut: made his debut for the Pakistan national cricket team in 1982 in both Test and One-Day International (ODI) formats.

  2. Batting Style: He was a stylish and versatile batsman who could adapt his game to suit different formats of the game. Saleem Malik

  3. Test Cricket: Malik had a successful Test career, scoring over 5,000 runs in 103 Test matches. He scored 15 centuries in Test cricket, with a highest score of 237 runs. Saleem Malik

  4. One-Day Internationals: He also had a successful ODI career, amassing over 7,000 runs in 283 ODIs. He scored 7 centuries in ODIs.

  5. Captaincy: Saleem Malik had the opportunity to captain the Pakistan cricket team in both Test and ODI formats during his career.

  6. Controversy: Malik’s career was marred by a match-fixing scandal in the late 1990s. He was banned from cricket for life by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2000, following allegations of involvement in match-fixing. However, his ban was later lifted by the Lahore High Court in 2008. Saleem Malik

  7. Comeback Attempt: After the ban was lifted, Saleem Malik attempted a comeback in domestic cricket but did not return to international cricket.

  8. Coaching: After retiring from playing cricket, he became involved in coaching and worked with various teams and players. 

  9.  A good overseas player for Essex (where he earned the nickname “Slim”) in 1991, if less so subsequently. Sadly, his contribution to cricket did not stop there. When Justice Qayyum’s investigation concluded that he had engaged in match-fixing, he was the first player to receive a lifetime ban from all forms of cricket. In their testimony, Shane Warne and Mark Waugh also claimed that Malik had offered to pay them money to help Australia lose the Karachi Test in 1994–1995 (which they did, by one wicket). In 2001, he argued his innocence and filed an appeal against the ban, but the Lahore High Court denied it.

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