PCB denies Malik's appointment as NCA head coach

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Lahore, Nov 6 (UNI) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has denied that it approached former captain Saleem Malik for the post of head coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

''He was not offered any position in the PCB setup,'' PCB Director Cricket Operations Zakir Khan told mediapersons yesterday.

Khan confirmed that the PCB has conveyed its position to the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the game's governing body enquired over the appointment of Malik, less than two weeks after his life ban for match fixing was overturned by a court.

''We have exchanged e-mails with the ICC today and we have clearly told them that no appointment letter was issued to Malik.

We have cleared the situation now. I can't say anything on Malik's behalf, but he was not offered any job,'' Khan said.

Last month a court lifted a life ban imposed by the PCB on Malik for involvement in match-fixing, allowing him to resume his involvement in cricket. The PCB has said that it would not appeal the court ruling.

The PCB denial could mean former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif could be retained as the academy's wicketkeeping coach. Latif had quit in protest at Malik's appointment.

''It is indeed shocking for me to know that former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik has been appointed as the head coach of the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) national academy,'' Latif wrote in his resignation letter sent to the PCB.

However, Khan insisted that the PCB has not received Latif's resignation and said the former keeper should have properly conveyed his decision to the PCB.

''We have not yet received his resignation, but if he has quit, he took a hasty decision and should have clarified before quitting,'' Khan said.

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