Saleem Malik

Country: Pakistan
Born: April 16, 1963, Lahore, Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Slow medium, Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Batter

Saleem Malik Bio

Saleem Malik is a former professional cricket player from Pakistan who had an impressive career filled with extraordinary performances, unfortunate controversies, and a significant impact on the game. Known for his impeccable batting skills and wristy technique, Malik became a prominent figure in international cricket during the 1990s.

Born on April 16, 1963, in Lahore, Pakistan, Saleem Malik grew up with a passion for cricket. He began his professional cricket journey at a young age and made his international debut for Pakistan in 1982 at the age of 19. The young batsman quickly gained attention for his graceful strokeplay and his ability to dominate bowlers square of the wicket.

Malik’s finest moment came in 1994-95 during Pakistan’s series against Australia, where he showcased his exceptional skills against the legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne. Malik was the first batsman to consistently get the better of Warne, neutralizing his threat and making him look ordinary. This magnificent display of batting skills earned Malik widespread recognition and respect among cricket enthusiasts.

In addition to his international exploits, Malik also enjoyed success in county cricket, representing Essex in 1991. During his stint in England, he became a fan favorite and earned the nickname “Slim” for his agile and slender frame. However, his relevance in the international circuit gradually diminished as the 1990s progressed, and he faced challenges in maintaining consistent performances.

Unfortunately, Malik’s cricketing career was marred by a notorious chapter that tarnished his reputation. In 2000, he became the first player to be banned from the sport for match-fixing. Following an inquiry led by Justice Qayyum, Malik was found guilty of involvement in match-fixing and consequently faced a lifetime ban from all forms of cricket. Testimonies from prominent players, including Shane Warne and Mark Waugh, accusing Malik of attempting to bribe them during the 1994-95 Karachi Test, further contributed to his downfall.

While Malik strongly denied any involvement in unethical activities, his appeals against the ban were unsuccessful initially. In 2001, the Lahore High Court rejected his appeal, leaving Malik’s cricketing career hanging by a thread. However, after a prolonged seven-year legal battle, a lower court finally lifted his ban in 2008, granting him the opportunity to reconnect with the sport.

Despite his controversial past, Saleem Malik’s contribution to cricket cannot be overlooked. He played an instrumental role as the captain of the Pakistani cricket team for a significant period, showcasing his leadership qualities and tactical acumen. Moreover, Malik’s sublime batting technique and his ability to read spinners were regarded as invaluable assets during his peak years.

Today, Saleem Malik’s cricketing legacy is remembered for its twofold natureā€”a skilled batsman who mesmerized fans with his graceful strokeplay, and a player whose involvement in match-fixing controversy became a dark cloud over his career. Nevertheless, his journey serves as a lesson and a reminder of the importance of integrity and fair play in the gentleman’s game.

Saleem Malik Career Stats

Saleem Malik Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 103 154 22 5768 237 43.69 - - 15 29 - 7 65 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 283 256 38 7170 102 32.88 9383 76.41 5 47 - - 81 0
FC 269 417 56 16586 237 45.94 - - 43 81 - - 167 0
List A 426 385 61 11856 138 36.59 - - 12 78 - - 141 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Saleem Malik Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 103 30 734 414 5 1/3 1/3 82.8 3.38 146.8 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 283 120 3505 2959 89 5/35 5/35 33.24 5.06 39.3 1 1 0
FC 269 - 5784 3283 93 5/19 - 35.3 3.4 62.1 - 4 0
List A 426 - 5745 4696 160 5/35 5/35 29.35 4.9 35.9 3 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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