Pakistan news August 19, 2011

Malik cleared by PCB integrity committee

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Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan allrounder, has been cleared by the PCB's integrity committee and is now eligible for selection for the national team. Malik, a former Pakistan captain, has not played for the national side since the controversy-filled tour of England last summer, and has been involved in a long-drawn out battle with the PCB to be cleared. He was named a reserve player for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, but the PCB have not yet announced whether he will be included in the main squad now that he has been cleared.

The main issue blocking Malik's clearance was certain deposits in his overseas bank account, but the PCB has said in their release announcing Malik's clearance that he was able to provide evidence that the deposits did not emanate from any questionable source or activity.

Malik first met the integrity committee in January this year, along with Danish Kaneria and Kamran Akmal, but was not cleared and missed out on the World Cup. He met the committee again on August 15, and, after a meeting of the committee on August 19, has been cleared. The August 19 meeting was attended by PCB chairman Ijaz Butt and the board's legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi among others. They came to the joint decision that there was no incriminating material suggesting the deposits in Malik's accounts were related to dubious activities.

"Shoaib Malik was directed to provide complete information supported with relevant documents regarding the source of the said deposits which he did provide," the PCB statement said. "The committee reviewed all the material in detail and also verified the veracity of the said information from relevant authorities.The integrity committee after detailed deliberations has unanimously reached the conclusion that prima facie Shoaib Malik has been able to establish that the said deposits in this overseas account did not emanate from any questionable source or activity."

Though he was not cleared to play for Pakistan, Malik has been playing domestic cricket. He was the second-highest run-getter in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Division One last season, with 799 runs at an average of 73.57. He also featured for Sialkot Stallions in the recently-completed Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup.

Malik said he was looking forward to representing Pakistan again. "The last year was very tough on me and not playing the 2011 World Cup was the biggest tragedy of my life," he said. "But now I will do my best for my country whenever I get a chance."

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  • thefountain on August 20, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    S.Malik. Every time this guy is in the side. Trouble seems to happen. Just look at the disastrous England and Australian tours. I hope he doesn't get selected.

  • on August 20, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    yes good thing and true he has some cricket left in . he did a good job earlier & if everything is clear should play for pak. BUT dont send him in for ZIMB tour as if now he is included a youngster will be out after selection so better to wait for next tour.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 20, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Malik is controversial person who always remains behind the screen and plays his role.He is the main character who spoils the team with his politics and doubt full activities and especially after losing his captaincy he was at his best...i would say that is another bad news for Pakistan Cricket..

  • on August 20, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    there is no issue with malik's cricket as he is the best limited overs player in the current lineup.with his Avg and centuries he is better than Misbah,Afridi,hafeez and younus.there is a saying of Great Imran Khan "Form Is Temporary Class Is Permanent".

  • on August 20, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    that's a great mews. he can contribute with ball or bat. he is a good fielder also.

  • S.F.Ali on August 20, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    OH NOOO!!! Not again..what PCB trying to do with this team :@

  • on August 20, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    again..never ending story..why lost so much cricket if innocent, if not then why cleared now...

  • karachitalent on August 20, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    its good for pakistan cricket. but its a right time to inject new young talent in national side in order to strong the bentch strength.

  • on August 20, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    Shoaib malik u will rock!

  • on August 20, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    not good for Pak cric..

  • thefountain on August 20, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    S.Malik. Every time this guy is in the side. Trouble seems to happen. Just look at the disastrous England and Australian tours. I hope he doesn't get selected.

  • on August 20, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    yes good thing and true he has some cricket left in . he did a good job earlier & if everything is clear should play for pak. BUT dont send him in for ZIMB tour as if now he is included a youngster will be out after selection so better to wait for next tour.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 20, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Malik is controversial person who always remains behind the screen and plays his role.He is the main character who spoils the team with his politics and doubt full activities and especially after losing his captaincy he was at his best...i would say that is another bad news for Pakistan Cricket..

  • on August 20, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    there is no issue with malik's cricket as he is the best limited overs player in the current lineup.with his Avg and centuries he is better than Misbah,Afridi,hafeez and younus.there is a saying of Great Imran Khan "Form Is Temporary Class Is Permanent".

  • on August 20, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    that's a great mews. he can contribute with ball or bat. he is a good fielder also.

  • S.F.Ali on August 20, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    OH NOOO!!! Not again..what PCB trying to do with this team :@

  • on August 20, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    again..never ending story..why lost so much cricket if innocent, if not then why cleared now...

  • karachitalent on August 20, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    its good for pakistan cricket. but its a right time to inject new young talent in national side in order to strong the bentch strength.

  • on August 20, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    Shoaib malik u will rock!

  • on August 20, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    not good for Pak cric..

  • on August 19, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    not good. sooner [that later] we'll see how malik will once again play his dramas in the team and start divisions. this guy is known for creating rifts and divisions. the decision by PCB is more political than related to the game.

  • India2world on August 19, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    He may be future of Pakistan cricket captain if he prove in batting...because there is no other player in side who can take the captaincy from Misbah...

  • US_Indian on August 19, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Well again it has been proved that clout and power prevails in PCB, of all the people he is the one who got cleared and even his absence doesnot even bother pakistanis and they will be better off. Then whats wrong with kaneria or Naveedul Hassan and others. Wake up PCB , the media and the public. At best Malik can be considered an ok level player and pakistan was not dying without him and with him it is bound to happen, who will create rift and gaps in the present team atleast which seems to be united on the surface. Next step would be getting his captaincy back after Misbah because there is no other guy in the eyes of PCB firt for the position in terms of seniority or captaincy material....just wait and watch guys. then dont cry. It is better if he is nipped in the bud, since he got clearance that does not mean he should be selected it is better if he is always kept on the sidelines not in the mainstream.

  • BigTex_1 on August 19, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    As the old adage goes, a leopard cannot change its spots---Malik fits in that category. As most of the comments shows people are wise to his nature. Currently there is some stability under Misbah so he'll wait for a while, especially, after performing well and then start his "grouping" thing all over again. First he'll do his best to get rid of Younis and then go after Hafeez, and then Misbah for the captaincy. For Pakistani cricketers they (all) feel insulted to play for Pakistan as a regular player because unless and until they become the captain they feel the Board and the nation owes them that, not like the rest of the world. And believe me this is nothing new, this was going on since Kardar retirement, until Imran took over. The players must be under pressure from their family and friends for not being the captain, a status symbol.

  • on August 19, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    gud stuff by pcb....

  • Taz786 on August 19, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Decent player to have in the team. The only problem is that former players have said he creates a division amongst the players, which is not good for team morale, we'll have to see how it pans out, but he was there at Lord's helping Afridi hit the winning runs in the T20 World Cup in 2009.

  • LFA63 on August 19, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Very good news.i hope his come back is great for pakistan and him.

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on August 19, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Shoaib Malik used to be a team player until mid 2000s however he lost the plot completely in the later half of it. If he can fix the flaws in personality, focus on cricket and not on conspiracies, he has the potential to land in top slots of Allrounders. Hopefully he supports Misbah now.. Moreover as a cricket lover, i would like to see integrity of Ijaz butt to be scrutinized as well.. Most pakistani fans hate this pathetic ego maniac administrator who has simply ruined the game of cricket in Pak.. Bring Back admins like Sheharyar khan / Dr Zafar Altaf and Pak cricket will be on the track again. As long as Butt is there, we will be seeing some more dramas and controversies.

  • on August 19, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    shoiab malik is certainly not good for Pakistan cricket.he will certainly create divisions among the team.he is a cunning liar.

  • Zahidsaltin on August 19, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    IT is a political decision dictated by zardari on request of Malik's good friend information minister Mahi Munda. It couldn't be easier than just saying I borrowed this money (90.000 pounds) from one of my friends. And he is a tried destructive force in the dressing room. He is been involved in every revolt since younis left captaincy. He is the boss of all the corrupt, very much a salim malik of today

  • on August 19, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    Pakistan has enjoyed some sort of stability in the last few months, bringing malik back will disrupt this. He has always been a troublesome player and nothing will change when he comes back. His batting is not international standard and other than against sub-continental, he has never delivered and his off spin is at best average. An addition anyone who advocates the return of selfish individuals like akhtar, malik, farhat and kamran akamal are blinded by past glories. We will only progress if we stop going back to previous players and give chances to new young players without the negativity of past ghosts.

  • on August 19, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    he would be the next captain now.. for sure..

  • touqeer777 on August 19, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Nice to see him back.I think he should focus on cricket not on how he can get captaincy back.If he perform better,captaincy will automatically come to him b/c there is no proper replacement of misbah.I think he should be include in Zim series so that he can get ready for important series against sri lanka.

  • on August 19, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Me happy at this decision. Malik nd Fridi are only two who can caption the current Pakistani Team. I hate Misbah couse He just goes on playing long inning in odi's irrespect of team situation and consiquently pakistan loses the match. He should not be proud of short listing for icc awards with this performance, He shoud feel shame. I can't 4get the wc semifinal. gud to see Malik back. now waiting for pcb chairman to go and Malik or Fridi to lead the side. Also farhat shud be thrown out and talntd Sharjeel Khan be given chance. in bowling, waiting for Sadaf Hussain to replace Aamir spot.

  • on August 19, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    atlast some good news of Pakistan cricket malik is a good allround player and a cool customer may b a future captain too

  • tanvir1974 on August 19, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    welcome back i hope he learn lesson now and will not creat grouping again in the team ank keep himself away from culprits/enemy of crickety specially pak cricket.

  • Hasso29 on August 19, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    he will be the future captain for sure!

  • on August 19, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Really a sad news! Pakistan have young all rounders,,they should have been groomed instead of bringing back OLD GUYS.....He have been playing from 1999 but He isn't a match winner nor so a Good all rounder !

  • Haleos on August 19, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    The circus called PCB will never stops amusing people. It took so long to prove his innocence?

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on August 19, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    India's favourite son-in-law can finally play for Pakistan again.

  • CricketChat on August 19, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    Even though Malik was cleared by PCB's committee, I don't think he would be welcome in the Pak dressing room. Besides being an average player at best, he created divisions within the team to promote his case and been a disruptive influence. I don't see any reason why he should be brought back into the team playing as a unit under Misbah and revisit the dark days in the aftermath of 2007 WC.

  • wbaig on August 19, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    well it appears the need to cover for shahid afridi's absence is probably a bigger reason for clearance than actually the integrity matters.

    His record maybe decent in the limited formats but not so in tests. And with his imminent return to the ranks there is always a chance the team may be inflicted by breakdowns. The Pak team needs to start fresh with untainted profiles. Yes you ay lose a few but once the younger ones find their feet, there should be no looking back.

  • irfans1 on August 19, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    finally this issue resolved, Now Malik need to concentrate on cricket and play his role as an all rounder in the team by keep himself away from controversies.

  • mensan on August 19, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Good news. He should now concentrate purely on cricket. He is needed in one/day, 20-20 matches.

  • on August 19, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Good Welcome back Shoaib, now we need to bring back Mohammad Yousuf.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on August 19, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    We have now got one of Pakistan's star players back. It's great to see Shoaib Malik back in action, all we need now is Shahid Afridi back in the squad to be captain. Imran Nazir should be included for T20 alot but if we see great perfomance by him then we should include him in the ODI's. And I hope I'm not wrong but someone said that Mohammad Yousuf has retired from all formats of cricket recently, I really hope that someone tells me that it isn't true.

  • barshon on August 19, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    nice to see him back. keen to know more about his present status.

  • Miz.. on August 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Perhaps, PCB is trying to reinstate him as a possible future captain.

  • on August 19, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    That's very good news, He is really good ODI and T20 player, I still he remember his classic century against India in champion trophy in south africa Welcome back : Shoiab

  • Crazy4cricket40 on August 19, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Good news for Pakistan Cricket. very good batsmen and an all rounder

  • AtifShahzad on August 19, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    That is a Great news indeed.

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  • AtifShahzad on August 19, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    That is a Great news indeed.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on August 19, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    Good news for Pakistan Cricket. very good batsmen and an all rounder

  • on August 19, 2011, 12:13 GMT

    That's very good news, He is really good ODI and T20 player, I still he remember his classic century against India in champion trophy in south africa Welcome back : Shoiab

  • Miz.. on August 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Perhaps, PCB is trying to reinstate him as a possible future captain.

  • barshon on August 19, 2011, 12:23 GMT

    nice to see him back. keen to know more about his present status.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on August 19, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    We have now got one of Pakistan's star players back. It's great to see Shoaib Malik back in action, all we need now is Shahid Afridi back in the squad to be captain. Imran Nazir should be included for T20 alot but if we see great perfomance by him then we should include him in the ODI's. And I hope I'm not wrong but someone said that Mohammad Yousuf has retired from all formats of cricket recently, I really hope that someone tells me that it isn't true.

  • on August 19, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Good Welcome back Shoaib, now we need to bring back Mohammad Yousuf.

  • mensan on August 19, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Good news. He should now concentrate purely on cricket. He is needed in one/day, 20-20 matches.

  • irfans1 on August 19, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    finally this issue resolved, Now Malik need to concentrate on cricket and play his role as an all rounder in the team by keep himself away from controversies.

  • wbaig on August 19, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    well it appears the need to cover for shahid afridi's absence is probably a bigger reason for clearance than actually the integrity matters.

    His record maybe decent in the limited formats but not so in tests. And with his imminent return to the ranks there is always a chance the team may be inflicted by breakdowns. The Pak team needs to start fresh with untainted profiles. Yes you ay lose a few but once the younger ones find their feet, there should be no looking back.