Pakistan cricketer urges authorities to lift ban on him

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Salim Malik

Srinagar, April 22: Former Pakistan cricketer Salim Malik has urged the sports authorities to lift up the ban on him.

The cricketer was found guilty of match-fixing in 2000 and handed a life-ban. He, however, now wants to be released from the ban, so that he could get an opportunity to coach.

“I have wanted to serve my country and players as a coach,” he said in a video message, adding, “Whenever I tried to serve as a coach I was not considered,”

Malik, having appeared for Pakistan in 103 Tests and 283 one-day internationals, asked when recently banned players like Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt could be allowed to play, why he is being ignored.

“Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Sharjeel Khan have been playing but I have been ignored,” he said.