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ICC in no position to revoke ban on Malik: Mani

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Lahore, Apr 26 (UNI) ICC President Ehsan Mani has made it clear that banned Pakistan batsman Saleem Malik would not be allowed to resume his cricket career unless cleared by the court in which his appeal is pending.

''The decision of imposing the ban on Malik was taken by the Pakistan court, therefore, the ICC is not in a position to allow him to play international cricket,'' the ICC chief told reporters here.

Malik, who recently sought permission to play in the veterans series against India, was banned, after the match-fixing scandal, by a court here. His appeal against the ban is still pending.

''How can we overrule the decision of a court and that is why we cannot grant him permission to resume cricket activities,'' Mr Mani asserted on being asked about Malik's future.

However, he added that in case the court ruling went in favour of the batsman then the ICC would not have any objection on Malik resuming playing cricket.

Meanwhile, the ICC President met Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan here and discussed the new Future Tours Program (FTP) and the Asian World Cup bid with him.

''The two discussed current cricket matters particularly the organisation of this year's Champions Trophy in India and the Future Tours Programme (FTP) and the off-shore series planned by the Indians against Pakistan and other countries,'' media reports here quoted a PCB source as saying.

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