(born April 16, 1963) (also known as Salim Malik) is a former Pakistan
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er who played between 1981/82 and 1999, at one stage captaining the Pakistani cricket team
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. 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 over 100 Tests
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he would go down in cricket history as the first of a number of international cricketers to be banned for match fixing
around the turn of the 21st century. Saleem is the brother-in-law of former teammate Ijaz Ahmed.
Malik played his first Test match in March 1982, against Sri Lanka
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. 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.
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
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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.
In Test cricket he performed better against England than any other of his opponents, appearing 19 times and making 1396 runs at 60.70.
One of his notable performances in One Day International cricket was an innings that he played against India
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in 1987. 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.
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 banned from associating himself with the game in any capacity by Justice Qayyam's enquiry in May 2000. He became the first ever cricketer to be banned for match fixing and his appeals of innocence have not borne fruit since, remaining an outcast in the cricketing world.
A local court of Lahore, has lifted the life ban imposed by Pakistan Cricket Board on October 23, 2008. Civil judge Malik Mohammad Altaf ruled in favor of Malik and quashed the ban imposed for alleged match fixing.
He was selected as the Chief Coach for country's National Cricket Academy on 3rd November, 2008 just days after the ban was lifted. Saleem Malik rejected to become the head coach of Pakistan Cricket Academy.