Thatscricket - News - Salim Malik vows to fight life ban
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Disgraced former Pakistani cricket captain Salim Malik said on Thursday he would continue his legal fight to reverse a life ban imposed last year over match-fixing charges."The day I was banned I had made up my mind to fight and get my name cleared," Malik told AFP.The 37-year-old Malik was banned indefinitely from international and domestic cricket and fined by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after a year-long match-fixing inquiry was made public in May last year.A Pakistan civil court on Monday dismissed Malik's appeal against the penalties, saying they were validly imposed."I have filed another case in the session court in Lahore against the ban," said Malik, who played 103 Tests and 283 One-day games for Pakistan. The first hearing of the case, filed on Wednesday, will be in Lahore on July 7.Malik, who has retired from his job with Habib Bank, said he was pleased to know that Indian bookie Mukesh Gupta would not testify again."Its a good news for all those whose name was in the Indian match-fixing report because he has nothing to substantiate his allegations," he said. Malik was among the international players named in Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) report on match-fixing released in November last year.Malik said no one contacted him to meet Sir Paul Condon, head of the anti-corruption unit (ACU) of International Cricket Council (ICC), when he visited Pakistan last month.Malik said he had read Condon's preliminary report, released last month, but did not want to comment about it.