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PCB accepts Saleem Malik’s plea to release his overdue funds

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has accepted the petition of the banned former test cricketer Saleem Malik that a lower court has declared him guiltless of match-fixing charges and agreed to release his outstanding money due with the board for years now, ARY News has learnt.

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According to the PCB chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmed, the managing committee, which now stands dissolved, had in its final meeting given approval for releasing the provident fund and pension money due to Malik with the board.

Malik, who played 103 Tests and 383 ODIs, was banned from all forms of cricket in 2012 after Justice Qayyum’s report found him guilty.

He appeal against the ban in 2001 was rejected by the Lahore High Court, but seven years later another court lifted the ban.

The PCB chief operating officer said that orders have been passed for the release of Malik’s money as he had filed an application with us for the same.”

“Yes Malik has sent us the decision of the court and we have sought guidance from the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the issue. But the managing committee felt that since the court had passed an order Malik’s money should not be held up by the board any longer”, he added.

Subhan Ahmed said a decision is yet to be taken on Malik’s resumption of cricketing activities.

“We are still to get a reply from the ICC and we will take it from there,” said Subhan Ahmed.

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