ICC watchful over Malik's appointment as head coach of NCA

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Dubai, Nov 5 (UNI) A day after Salim Malik accepted the position as the head coach of Pakistan's National Cricket Academy (NCA), the ICC said it will look into the appointment of the former captain, who had a life ban for alleged involvement in match-fixing overturned last month.

''We will write to the PCB and ask them to explain after hearing media reports which say that Salim Malik has been given a position of responsibility in the current Pakistan cricket set-up,'' an International Cricket Council (ICC) spokesperson said.

The ICC was wary over this domestic assignment as well as the recent appointments of Mushtaq Ahmed and Waqar Younis by the England Cricket Board (ECB).

Recently Mushtaq Ahmed and Waqar Younis were both fined but not banned in the same inquiry that found Malik guilty.

The former Pakistan skipper accepted the position just days after a court lifted a life ban on him from any involvement with cricket.

Malik had been fighting the ban in local and higher courts, and the decision to lift his ban was delivered by the Lahore High Court last month.

''I hope after the court's decision of lifting the ban, the ICC will have no objection,'' Malik said, ''and, if needed, we can also apply for ICC's endorsement of the court's decision,'' he stressed.

Malik, who played 103 Tests, was banned by the PCB in 2001 on the recommendation of a judicial inquiry which carried out an 18-month investigation into allegations of match-fixing made against Pakistani players.

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