Match-fixing controversy: PCB sends questionnaire to Saleem Malik
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Match-fixing controversy: PCB sends questionnaire to Saleem Malik

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has re-sent a questionnaire to former national team captain Saleem Malik regarding the pending inquiry against him since 2011. According to private TV, sources said that Saleem Malik will not respond to the pending inquiry till then. He will not be cleared for affiliation with any cricket body affiliated to the PCB.

The inquiry against Saleem Malik relates to alleged meetings in the UK in 2000, when he was banned for life by the Justice (retd) Abdul Qayyum Commission in the same year. A few dubious meetings were held, the documents of which were leaked to the ICC, which cast doubt on the motives of these meetings.

Saleem Malik later challenged the ban imposed on him in 2008 and he succeeded and the PCB did not challenge the court’s decision to declare Saleem Malik a cochlear. The PCB followed the court’s decision. He had also paid the provident fund and other arrears. Former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt had appointed him head coach at the National Cricket Academy in 2008 but the PCB failed to get the ICC’s approval of the decision. It happened and changed it hours later.

Later, the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit launched another inquiry against Saleem Malik over meetings in the UK in 2011. Tafsir Rizvi, the PCB’s legal adviser, had recently told the media that Saleem Malik Should first answer the questions posed in 2011, and only then will they be allowed to work on cricket-related projects.

On the other hand, Saleem Malik had denied sending a questionnaire regarding meetings in the UK, to which the PCB has now responded and re-sent him a questionnaire related to the inquiry. There was no ban on Saleem Malik but an inquiry against him has been pending since 2011. Despite several attempts, Saleem Malik could not be reached on his mobile phone.

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