Saleem Malik

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Saleem Malik
سلیم ملک
Personal information
Full name Saleem Malik Pervez
Born (1963-04-16) 16 April 1963 (age 54)
Kayerpora, Lahore, Pakistan
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off break / slow-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 90) 5 March 1982 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 20 February 1999 v India
ODI debut (cap 38) 12 January 1982 v West Indies
Last ODI 8 June 1999 v India
ODI shirt no. 3
Domestic team information
Years Team
1981–1999 Lahore
1982–2000 Habib Bank Limited
1991–1993 Essex
1991–1992 Sargodha
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 103 283 269 426
Runs scored 5,768 7,170 16,586 11,856
Batting average 43.69 32.88 45.94 36.59
100s/50s 15/29 5/47 43/81 12/78
Top score 237 140 237 138
Balls bowled 734 3,505 5,784 5,745
Wickets 5 89 93 160
Bowling average 82.80 33.24 35.30 29.35
5 wickets in innings 0 1 4 1
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/3 5/35 5/19 5/35
Catches/stumpings 65/– 81/– 167/– 141/–
Source: Cricinfo, 8 February 2010

Saleem Malik (Urdu: سلیم ملک‎) (16 April 1963) (also known as Salim Malik) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1981/82 and 1999, at one stage captaining the Pakistani cricket team. He was a right-handed wristy middle order batsman who was strong square of the wicket. His legbreak bowling was also quite effective. Despite playing more than 100 Tests he would go down in cricket history as the first of a number of international cricketers to be banned for match fixing around the start of the 21st century. Saleem is the brother-in-law of former teammate Ijaz Ahmed.[1]

Career highlights[edit]

Malik played his first Test match in March 1982, against Sri Lanka at Karachi.[2] After making 12 in his first innings he made an unbeaten 100 in the second to set up a declaration. Aged 18 years and 323 days he was at the time the second youngest player to make a century on Test debut.[3]

During the tour of England in 1987, Malik fell for 99 at Headingley and made 102 at The Oval. He would become familiar with English conditions, playing for Essex for a couple of years during the early 1990s. He had a good season in 1991, scoring 1972 runs, the 3rd most by a non-English player for Essex.[4] In Test cricket he performed better against England than any other of his opponents, appearing 19 times and making 1396 runs at 60.70.[5]

One of his notable performances in One Day International cricket was an innings that he played against India in 1987.[6] Chasing 238 in 40 overs, Pakistan were reduced to 5/161 when Saleem arrived at the crease. He scored 72 out of the remaining 77 runs required, making them from just 36 deliveries. He finished unbeaten and Pakistan won by 2 wickets with 3 balls still to spare in the match.

He captained Pakistan in 12 Tests, winning 7. In ODI cricket he led his country 34 times and won 21 of them.

Match fixing[edit]

Malik captained Pakistan in tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe before being suspended from cricket having been accused of bribery. He was however found innocent and allowed to continue his career. Malik played his last Test match in January 1999 but ended his cricket career in disgrace, having been given a life ban as a result of Justice Qayyam's enquiry in May 2000.[7]

Saleem Malik's career performance graph.

A local court in Lahore lifted the life ban imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board on 23 October 2008. Civil judge Malik Mohammad Altaf ruled in favour of Malik and quashed the ban imposed for alleged match fixing.[8]

He claimed to have accepted an offer by the PCB to work as the Chief Coach for country's National Cricket Academy on 3 November 2008 just days after the ban was lifted, however, the PCB denied making any such offer.[9]

In October 2012, Saleem Malik submitted his application to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the position of batting coach. Earlier that month the PCB had placed an advertisement seeking a batting coach for the national side.[10] He is now planning to establish a cricket academy for young cricketers in Lahore and has been doing his personal business with his long-term partner, Hamza Yusuf.[11]

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Preceded by
Javed Miandad
Pakistan Cricket Captain
Succeeded by
Rameez Raja