Karachi: A Pakistan court has dismissed former cricket captain Salim Mallik's appeal against a life ban from the game for match-fixing, court sources said on Tuesday.
"The court has dismissed Mallik's revision appeal and the full judgement would be released later in the evening," a Lahore High Court official said. Lahore High Court judge Justice Karamat Nazir Bhandari accepted the appeal hearing last year after a civil court rejected the application. In May 2000, the Pakistan Cricket Board banned Mallik from playing cricket at any level and holding any office after implementing recommendations of a match-fixing inquiry conducted by Justice Mallik Mohammad Qayyam. Mallik, 37, who played 103 Tests and 283 One-day Internationals for Pakistan until 1999, refused to comment on the decision. However, his lawyer Raja Jahanzeb Akhtar said he and his client were disappointed. "We are very disappointed because the life ban was imposed without giving Mallik a chance to clarify his position," Akhtar said. "We would definitely fight till the last and take the matter to the Supreme Court because there is no justification in banning Mallik on the basis of an inquiry," he said.
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