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Former Pakistan batsman Saleem Pervez dies

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 24, 2013

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Former Pakistan batsman Saleem Pervez, a key figure in the Pakistan match-fixing inquiry, has died aged 65 on Wednesday.

He played one ODI for Pakistan against West Indies in 1980 and died after suffering injuries in a road accident.

He was known, however, for his role in the match-fixing inquiry conducted by judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum in the late 1990s, when he confessed to his role as a middle-man between some Pakistani players and bookies. He testified in the Qayyum inquiry in September 1998.

According to the Qayyum report, Pervez confessed to giving Salim Malik and Mushtaq Ahmed $100,000, in a bid to fix a final in Sharjah. The inquiry was a result of the allegations made by Australian players Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh, who said that Salim Malik had offered them a bribe during a series against Pakistan in 1994. Warne however denied knowing any one by the name of Saleem Pervez.

Pakistan players like Wasim Akram, Mushtaq, Waqar Younis, Ata-ur-Rehman, Saeed Anwar and Inzamam ul-Haq were under the scanner, too. Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman were banned for life in 2000. Pervez was controversial and was alleged to have fixed matches but no charges against him were proved.

Despite a decent domestic record, and being a regular member of National Bank and his regional team, he had to wait 13 years to make his international debut. He played 135 first-class matches and scored 8075 runs at an average of 36.21. He also played 23 List A matches and scored 416 runs, before he retired from cricket in 1989-90.

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Posted by Ricksr on (April 25, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

As I knew Saleem Pervez (PaiJee Dervesh) Just like a few other great unknown crickters like Shafiq Ahmed Jr(a fearless top order batsman) & Mohammad Sabir (the best legbreak/Googlee bowler) Tons of God gifted Talent but Cricket was perhaps not their first priority. A great top order Batsman. extremely strong "On side" player. Along list of Match winning performances. A batsman Who will destroy any bowler when on song. Very very straight forward and a humble man. GOD BLESS HIM

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Was it pertinent to mention match fixing with the news of his death. He had already got punishment and did not committed again. I was expecting better from cricinfo. Indeed it is a great loss to his family. Lets prey for him.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

may Allah rest his soul in peace

Posted by mshyder on (April 24, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Hey Guys. leave the fixing issue alone. The man has died, it is not good to say bad thing about a deceased person. Move on.

Posted by avmd on (April 24, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Cricinfo is right, both Saleem Pervez (65) and Salim Malik (50) were involved in match fixing. In 1980 when West Indies visited Pakistan, none of the openers in Pakistan could face more than a few balls from WI fast bowlers, particularly Sylvester Clark, who was unplayable in his opening burst. Pakistan tried every available opening batsman in tests ODI and side games but all failed. Saleem Parvez, who was a devastating and hard hitting batsman in his younger days but was already about 40 then and had just released from jail for some crime unrelated to cricket was also got a chance in an ODI, but ended up with the same fate as others. Clark's in-dippers were too much for him too.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

@ Naseer Ahmed, no he was the one who provided evidence against Saleem Malik. He played solitary ODI in 1980... he wasn't an active international or first class player when all the alleged stuff happened

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

Thats salim malik who was part of fixing scandal, who is 50 years old as per your records. Thats another gentle man who died, was 65 years of age. or Atleast that what i understand. In 1990s he was already in his 40s, how he can play cricket for pakistan. too late cant more than that.

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