Karachi, Sept 30: A senior official of the Pakistan cricket Board has intervened and got former captain Saleem Malik dropped from the national veterans team, which is due to leave for Sri Lanka to play a series of one-day matches.
The president of the Pakistan Veterans Cricket Association, Fawad Ijaz Khan confirmed that the PCB official who is also president of the Punjab chapter of the veterans association, had advised them to withdraw Malik from the touring squad.
"Intikhab Alam informed us that Malik is still not cleared to play any level of cricket by the Pakistan board or the ICC as there is a life ban imposed on him," Ijaz said.
"When we initially picked Malik in the squad we thought that he had been cleared by the authorities and his ban was over. But Intikhab informed us this was not the case so we have now withdrawn him from the touring squad," he added.
Malik was banned in 2000 by the PCB on the recommendations of the Justice Malik Qayyum tribunal that held an inquiry into allegations of match-fixing by Pakistani players.
The commission banned Malik for life for involvement in match-fixing and fined five others besides imposing a life ban on pacer Ata ur Rehman for perjury during the inquiry proceedings.
Rehman later appealed and got a reprieve from the ICC and is now playing league cricket in England.
But Ejaz said Malik's case was still in the courts.
The PVCA had caused a stir by announcing Malik in the touring squad as the life ban prevents him from taking part in any sort of cricket activity.
In 2008 also PCB chairman, Ijaz Butt was keen to give him an assignment in the national cricket academy, but dropped the idea after a reminder from the ICC.
Sources said the PCB had taken note of Malik's inclusion and told Intikhab who is also director of the national cricket academy, to sort out the issue as he (Inti) is also the president of the PVCA Punjab chapter.