Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Salim Mallik said on Wednesday he would go to the Supreme Court in his fight to overturn a life ban from the game, after an appeal was rejected by the High Court in Lahore.
"I am waiting for the final judgement of the Lahore High Court and would then appeal in the Supreme Court," Mallik told reporters from Lahore. Lahore High Court Justice Karamat Bhandar on Tuesday dismissed Mallik's appeal, and his full judgement is expected to be released on Thursday. "Naturally I am disappointed because the ban has not only affected my career but my whole life," Mallik said. Mallik played 103 Tests and 283 One-day Internationals besides captaining Pakistan in a career spanned over 19 years. But the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) ended his playing days after he was implicated in Justice Mallik Mohammad Qayyam's report on match-fixing, which was released in May 2000. "For me it's not a matter of playing again for Pakistan, it's a matter of cleaning my image and for that I will fight till the last," he said. Mallik is one of three captains serving life bans over the scandal, alongside South Africa's Hansie Cronje and India's Mohammad Azharuddin.
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