Full name Saleem Malik
Born April 16, 1963, Lahore, Punjab
Current age 54 years 104 days
Major teams Pakistan, Essex, Habib Bank Limited, Lahore, Sargodha
Also known as Slim
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm slow-medium, Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Karachi, Mar 5-10, 1982 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Pakistan at Kolkata, Feb 16-20, 1999 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v West Indies at Sydney, Jan 12, 1982 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Pakistan at Manchester, Jun 8, 1999 scorecard|
|First-class span||1978/79 - 1999/00|
|List A span||1980/81 - 1999/00|
Saleem Malik was many things: a gifted, wristy, square-of-the-wicket batsman; the first man who really got on top of Shane Warne, in Pakistan in 1994-95; a fine overseas player for Essex (where he became known as "Slim") in 1991, if less so later; and an influential captain of Pakistan. Unfortunately his role in cricket did not end there. In 2000, he became the first player to be banned - from all cricket - for match-fixing, when Justice Qayyum's inquiry found him guilty. Shane Warne and Mark Waugh also testified that Malik had tried to bribe them to lose the Karachi Test of 1994-95 (which Australia did, by one wicket). He protested his innocence, appealed against the ban in 2001 but the Lahore High Court rejected it. He sought relief from the Supreme Court and after a seven-year wait, had his ban lifted by a lower court.
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