Karachi: A court in Pakistan has set March 13 to hear former Pakistan captain Salim Malik's appeal against a life ban for match-fixing imposed in 2000, his lawyer said on Friday.
"Malik appealed against the life ban in minor courts before moving to the Lahore High Court and now we hope to get the life ban reversed come March 13," Malik's lawyer, Raja Ghazanfar Akhtar, told reporters. The case will be heard by Lahore High Court's Justice Karamat Bhandari, who is also conducting an inquiry into alleged match-fixing in the 1999 cricket World Cup in England. Malik, who played 103 Tests and 283 One-day Internationals for Pakistan, was banned for life in May 2000 after a match-fixing inquiry by Lahore High Court Judge Malik Mohammad Qayyam. Akhtar claimed Malik had already been cleared to play domestic cricket by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) but this was denied by Board chairman Tauqir Zia. "There is no such decision to allow Malik to play in domestic cricket," Zia said, adding the Board and its lawyers would now prepare for the March 13 hearing. The Qayyum inquiry was told of allegations by Australian spin bowlers Shane Warne and Tim May that Malik offered them $ 50,000 each to bowl badly on the last day of the Karachi Test on Australia's 1994-95 tour of Pakistan. Pakistan won the Test after a nerve wrecking finish by one wicket.
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