Mallik~~s life ban plea hearing adjourned to April

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2002, 22:41 [IST]
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Karachi: A court in Pakistan on Wednesday adjourned an appeal by disgraced former Pakistan captain Salim Mallik against a life ban for match-fixing until the end of next month, court sources said.

"Justice Karamat Bhandari has adjourned the hearing until April 30 as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) lawyer Asgher Haider requested an adjournment as he was not prepared for the case," a Lahore High Court official told reporters. Mallik was banned for life in May 2000 after a match-fixing inquiry conducted by Justice Mallik Mohammad Qayyam found enough evidence against the batsman to recommend a life ban. The PCB implemented Qayyam's recommendations and barred Mallik from all international and first class cricket and from holding any cricketing office. Australian players Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh had alleged that Mallik offered them bribes to under-perform during Australia's 1994-95 tour of Pakistan. An Indian inquiry into match-fixing in November 2000, which led to a ban on their former captain Mohammad Azharuddin for life, also found Mallik guilty. Mallik filed the appeal against his ban in November last year. His lawyer Raja Jahanzeb Akhtar again accused the PCB of deliberately trying to delay the appeal process. "Asking for adjournment is again delaying tactics which the PCB has been resorting to since the appeal was filed," Akhtar told reporters. Justice Bhandari has also conducted an inquiry into allegations that two Pakistan matches during the 1999 World Cup in England were fixed. The report, which has been submitted to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, is likely to be made public later this month.

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