Lahore: A Pakistan court Thursday overturned a life ban against former cricket captain Salim Malik for alleged involvement in match fixing.
Malik was banned following a lengthy inquiry in 2001 after three top Australian players accused him of offering bribes for them to underperform.
Malik appealed against the ruling to Pakistan's top court which earlier this year ordered Lahore's Civil Court to hear the case.
Judge Malik Mohammad Altaf ruled in favor of the 45-year-old Malik on Thursday and ordered the ban be lifted.
Malik hailed the verdict as a complete vindication, and said he could now return to his beloved cricket, this time as a coach.
"I am relieved after the court verdict," Malik told AFP.
"I have served cricket for 19 years and today I feel vindicated. Now I can live a peaceful life and can do coaching which I badly wanted."
Malik's lawyer said the court found that the Pakistan Cricket Board wrongly imposed the ban based on recommendations from the original inquiry.
"The PCB did not have the jurisdiction to ban Salim Malik so the court lifted the ban on our appeal," lawyer Shahid Salim said.
The ban, imposed after the lengthy inquiry headed by a High Court judge, had also prevented Malik from holding any office or involvement in any cricket-related activity.
Malik was banned after Australian players Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Tim May claimed he offered them bribes to underperform during Australia's tour of Pakistan in 1994.
Warne and May alleged Malik telephoned them in their rooms and offered them big money to underbowl during the first Test in Karachi which Pakistan eventually won by just one wicket.
A one-man commission cleared Malik in 1995 of the allegations citing a lack of evidence after the Australian players refused to return to Pakistan to testify. But High Court Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyum's team later recorded their statements in Australia.