Still licking wounds, Malik wants justice

Published: Tuesday, May 4, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Denying that he was involved in match-fixing scandal at any time of his career, former Pakistan middle-order batsman and skipper Salim Malik on Tuesday vowed that he will fight till the end as he has been made ascapegoat by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

"I and former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin were made scapegoat as our careers were coming to an end and our respective Boards knew that there was not much cricket left in us," Malik said in Mumbai.

"The International Cricket Council (ICC) wants to scrutinise only those matches where teams from Asia are involved but turned a blind eye when Zimbabwe beat England in the early 90s and when the West Indians were bundled out for 54 against England recently," he added.

"Probably, if we were to be white skinned, then there may not have been so much of scrutiny for instance like leg-spinner Shane Warne of Australia is still playing so is South Africa's opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs," Malik said.

Speaking about his visit to India, Malik said, "I am here to rope in a few film stars like Sunil Shetty and others for a fund-raising show in Karachi and Lahore for Pakistan Football Association (PFA)."

"You are aware that Pakistan beat India in SAF Games final recently but the game back home needs monetary help as it is in very bad shape. Some of us are trying to collect money by arranging a few shows," he added.

Speaking about the present Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Malik said, "Inzamam is still learning and he should be given time to come to terms with captaincy."

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