It seems the only bright spot for Shoaib Malik in the last year has been his marriage to Indian tennis star Sania Mirza (and even that didn't take place without a fair doze of controversy surrounding it, replete with an impromptu divorce from another woman en route!).
Malik was placed on indefinite suspension by the Pakistan Cricket Board that barred him from appearing in any international matches after his suspect under-performing during Pakistan's tour of Australia early last year. His ban was however lifted through the intervention of the Prime Minister's son. But since then, Malik has not even included in the squad of 30 probables for the upcoming World Cup.
And to top off his woes, a lawyer has now filed a petition for a local court in Lahore to direct police to register a criminal case against Malik for allegedly making millions of rupees through match-fixing.
In the petition filed in the court of the Additional Sessions Judge here, Ishtiaq Ahmed Chaudhry alleged that Malik not only made a killing through match-fixing but also damaged the country's image. Chaudhry contended that the Pakistan Cricket Board had reportedly excluded Malik from the 30 probables for the World Cup because of his alleged corruption and links with the match-fixing mafia.
The litigant has requested the court to freeze Malik's assets in Pakistan and abroad as well. The judge issued notice to the chief of a police station in Lahore, asking him to appear before the court at the next hearing scheduled for January 14.
Malik refused to give the PCB details of a transaction of 90,000 pounds in his British bank account. The PCB last week had sought details from Kamran Akmal, Danish Kanaria and Malik about their assets.