Latif hopes Malik ban is overturned

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Former captain Rashid Latif hass backed erstwhile Pakistan team-mate Salim Malik to have a lifetime ban for match-fixing, imposed 14 years ago, overturned.

Former captain Rashid Latif hass backed erstwhile Pakistan team-mate Salim Malik to have a lifetime ban for match-fixing, imposed 14 years ago, overturned.

Renowned for a defiant stance against corruption in the game, Latif has insisted Malik has been penalised enough – and should be allowed to coach or do work of a similar nature.

"I think Malik should be given relief now," Latif told <i>AFP</i>. "He is not playing or coaching cricket and has served 14 years of his ban."

Latif was the first to blow the whistle on match-fixing on Pakistan's tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe in 1995, accusing Malik and other team-mates of wrongdoing.

Australian trio Shane Warne, Tim May and Mark Waugh revealed the same year that Malik had offered them bribes to underperform during a series in 1994.

The allegations prompted the then-Pakistan government to conduct a judicial inquiry in 1998 through Lahore high court judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum who after a two-years investigation banned Malik and paceman Ataur Rehman for life.

The commission also fined six leading players – Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed, Inzamam-ul Haq and Akram Raza. Rehman had his ban overturned by a one-man Pakistan Cricket Board commission in 2003.

Malik's ban was also overturned by a civil court in Lahore in 2008 but the decision has not been endorsed by either the PCB or the International Cricket Council (ICC).

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