Inzamam says Malik should be forgiven

Published: Sunday, May 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan captain Inzamam has strongly backed his teammate Shoaib Malik who is facing a one Test ban following his decision to throw away a Twenty20 match.

"Though this is not good for the game, Shoaib has realised his mistake and so there is nothing left in the case," the burly Pakistan skipper was quoted as saying to a news channel.

Inzamam added that such incidents reflected a cricketer's emotional attachment with their teams and that since the player has realised his mistake and apologised, the issue should not be blown out of proportion.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)'s inquiry committee is expected to deliver its verdict on Malik tomorrow (May 2, 2005). Malik is likely to be banned for a Test match and two One-day Internationals.

Malik was initially fined 10,000 rupees (around $170) by match referee Rizwan Khatib for admitting the offense in television comments, and was asked to appear before the inquiry committee.

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