Former Pakistani batsman Saleem Malik breaks silence over match fixing scandal in 90s
*KARACHI – Former Pakistan batsman Saleem Malik – who was banned for match-fixing in 90s – has apologised to cricket fans after 19 years and has asked to be reinstated back into the cricketing fold.*
“I want to apologise to all fans of cricket if my actions have hurt them,” Saleem Malik said in a video statement. “I want to assure the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of my complete cooperation.”
However, the former right-handed batsman has said that he is now willing to completely cooperate with the authorities. “Cricket is all I know, that is all I have been doing since I was eight,” said the cricketer.
“Cricket is my bread and butter. I would like to make an appeal that, according to human rights laws, I am also treated with kindness like others are. I am ready to comply by the laws and procedures of the ICC and the PCB.”
It is pertinent to mention here that Malik was an integral part of the Pakistan side during his heydays and had recently said that he wants to serve again, having seen his life ban lifted by courts in 2008.