PCB asks Salim Malik to respond to ICC transcript
KARACHI (PPI): PCB has asked former Pakistan middle-order batsman Salim Malik to respond to transcripts provided by ICC of April 2000 conversation if he wants PCB to help him come out of life ban.
“You chose not to respond to the contents of the transcripts of a conversation that took place in April 2000. In the backdrop of the above, the PCB will be unable to proceed any further until such time you respond on the said matter,” PCB told Malik, who is serving a life ban but now wants PCB to help him start rehabilitation.
“The denial and avoidance to respond to the transcripts doesn’t change the admission when, in a 5 May 2014 letter to the then PCB Chairman, where you wrote on your free will, you have reached a decision that you were ready to accept your wrongdoing, apologise to the fans and want to start by rehabilitation process” PCB said.
“I fully understand the consequence of my decision and I am ready to cooperate to every extent with ICC and PCB for my rehabilitation program. I would request PCB to talk to ICC if required and start my rehabilitation program at the earliest,” you wrote in the letter. Malik has apologized and said that he wants to be forgiven so that he could start a normal life again and earn a living from cricket, which was the only thing he knows.
Approach ECB, PCB tells Kaneria
PCB has advised Danish Kaneria, who has been banned for life, to approach England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for his life ban to overturn and rehabilitation process can start.
The former spinner Kaneria routinely accuses the PCB of discriminating against him and pleads for his life ban to be lifted. “You were banned for life by the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission after it was established that you had ‘knowingly induced or encouraged Mervyn Westfield not to perform on his merits in the Durham match’,” PCB said.
Kaneria subsequently challenged the decision before the Appeal Panel of the Cricket Disciplinary Commission, which was upheld. Then, he appealed before a commercial bench of the High Court in London, which was dismissed. Then, he appealed before the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), which was also rejected.
“The PCB’s rehabilitation programme is offered to players upon conclusion of the respective periods of ineligibility and not for players who are serving life bans,” PCB said. The life ban was imposed by the ECB and upheld by all ICC Members as per Article 9 of the ICC/PCB Anti-Corruption Code, and the only way it could have been overturned was by way of appeal, an avenue which have already been explored.
“Article 6.8 of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code, which is applicable in this case, clearly states only the chair of the anti-corruption tribunal, which has imposed a period of ineligibility on a player, had the discretion to permit the player to participate. “As such, you are advised to approach the ECB as per Article 6.8 of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code,” PCB advised Kaneria.