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Salim Malik~~s name removed from exit control list

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Lahore: Former Pakistan skipper Salim Malik, serving a life ban, has now got some reprieve after his name was removed from the exit control list which prevented him from travelling abroad.

Malik, who is serving a life ban for his alleged involvement in match fixing eight years ago, said he was hoping for more reprieve from the stigma attached to his name.

''I am hoping that I can get back to cricket and start my own cricket academy in Pakistan. I would also like to play some domestic cricket,'' Malik said.

Malik was one of several Test captains from different countries to be banned for life when the match fixing scandal broke out.

He was banned by the Justice Malik Qayyum commission, who is now attorney general of Pakistan, had headed an 18-month long inquiry into the involvement of some Pakistan players in match fixing and betting and then recommended a life ban for Malik and fines on some other senior players.

''It has been one of the most difficult periods of my life and I and my family have been severely stigmatised. Hopefully now things will change and my name will be cleared because I still maintain I am innocent,'' the former skipper said.

UNI

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