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Inzamamul Haq draws parallels between Saleem Malik and Babar Azam

Malik was handed a life ban in 2000 by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for match-fixing

Inzamamul Haq draws parallels between Saleem Malik and Babar Azam PHOTO COURTESY: PA/Reuters

Pakistan batting great Inzamamul Haq believes that former Pakistan batsman Saleem Malik should be given another chance by involving him in some kind of cricketing activity.  

Malik was given a life ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as a result of Justice Qayyam's report, in 2000, for match-fixing, which was lifted in 2008 by a Civil Court in Lahore. He scored 5768 runs in 103 Test matches and 7170 runs in 283 ODIs for Pakistan.

“It is unfortunate to see that his career ended like that. It should not have ended that way. But I believe he deserves a second innings to do something for the country,” said Inzamam in a YouTube video.

“Like in India, former captain Mohammad Azharuddin was also named once, but he is now the President of the Hyderabad Cricket Association. Similarly, Malik should also be involved in some kind of cricket related activities,” he added.

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The former Pakistan captain also drew parallels between Malik and, Pakistan’s Twenty20 International (T20I) captain and star batsman, Babar Azam.

“The way Mohammad Yusuf used to play, the way Zaheer Abbas used to or the way Babar Azam plays, Malik was also same type of player. He has played more than 100 Tests for Pakistan and scored more than 7000 runs,” he said.

“The new generation might not have seen him play but he was great player. I have never seen someone analyse the game as well as he used to do. He might have been away from the game for more than 10-15 year but he still has a lot to give back,” he added.