Saleem Malik (Urdu: ) (16 April 1963) (also known as Salim Malik) is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1981/82 and 1999, at one stage captaining the Pakistani cricket team. 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 more than 100 Tests he would go down in cricket history as the first of a number of international cricketers to be banned for match fixing around the start of the 21st century. Saleem is the brother-in-law of former teammate Ijaz Ahmed.
He captained Pakistan in 12 Tests, winning 7. In ODI cricket he led his country 34 times and won 21 of them.
Malik played his first Test match in March 1982, against Sri Lanka at Karachi. 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 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 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.
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 given a life ban as a result of Justice Qayyam’s enquiry in May 2000.
A local court in Lahore lifted the life ban imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board on 23 October 2008. Civil judge Malik Mohammad Altaf ruled in favour of Malik and quashed the ban imposed for alleged match fixing.
He claimed to have accepted an offer by the PCB to work as the Chief Coach for country’s National Cricket Academy on 3 November 2008 just days after the ban was lifted, however, the PCB denied making any such offer.
In October 2012, Saleem Malik submitted his application to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the position of batting coach. Earlier that month the PCB had placed an advertisement seeking a batting coach for the national side. He is now planning to establish a cricket academy for young cricketers in Lahore and has been doing his personal business with his long-term partner, Hamza Yusuf.
|Test centuries of Saleem Malik|
|100*||1||Sri Lanka||Karachi, Pakistan||National Stadium||5 March 1982||Lost|
|107||5||India||Faisalabad, Pakistan||Iqbal Stadium||3 January 1983||Won|
|116||15||England||Faisalabad, Pakistan||Iqbal Stadium||12 March 1984||Drawn|
|102*||18||India||Faisalabad, Pakistan||Iqbal Stadium||24 October 1984||Drawn|
|119*||21||New Zealand||Karachi, Pakistan||National Stadium||10 December 1984||Drawn|
|102||41||England||London, England||Kennington Oval||6 August 1987||Drawn|
|102*||53||India||Karachi, Pakistan||National Stadium||15 November 1989||Drawn|
|102||61||West Indies||Karachi, Pakistan||National Stadium||15 November 1990||Won|
|101||64||Sri Lanka||Sialkot, Pakistan||Jinnah Stadium||12 December 1991||Drawn|
|165||67||England||Birmingham, England||Edgbaston Cricket Ground||4 June 1992||Drawn|
|140||74||New Zealand||Wellington, New Zealand||Basin Reserve||17 February 1994||Won|
|237||79||Australia||Rawalpindi, Pakistan||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium||5 October 1994||Drawn|
|143||80||Australia||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||1 November 1994||Drawn|
|100*||90||England||London, England||Kennington Oval||22 August 1996||Won|
|155||96||Sri Lanka||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||26 April 1997||Drawn|
|One Day International centuries of Saleem Malik|
|100||59||Sri Lanka||Faisalabad, Pakistan||Iqbal Stadium||25 October 1987||Won|
|101||72||India||Sharjah, UAE||Sharjah Cricket Stadium||19 October 1988||Won|
|100*||91||Sri Lanka||Sharjah, UAE||Sharjah Cricket Stadium||24 March 1989||Won|
|102||95||India||Sharjah, UAE||Sharjah Cricket Stadium||20 October 1989||Won|
|102||138||Sri Lanka||Rawalpindi, Pakistan||Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium||19 January 1992||Won|
One-Day International Cricket
Man of the Match awards
|S No||Opponent||Venue||Date||Match Performance||Result|
|1||New Zealand||Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad||23 November 1984||41 (34 balls, 1×4); 1 Ct.||Pakistan won by 5 runs.|
|2||India||Eden Gardens, Kolkata||18 February 1987||72* (36 balls, 1×4, 1×6)||Pakistan won by 2 wickets.|
|3||Sri Lanka||Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad||25 October 1987||100 (95 balls, 10×4) ; 7-1-29-0||Pakistan won by 113 runs.|
|4||India||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||19 October 1988||101 (124 balls, 5×4, 1×6) ; DNB, 1 Ct.||Pakistan won by 34 runs.|
|5||Sri Lanka||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||24 March 1989||DNB ; 100* (112 balls, 4×4)||Pakistan won by 7 wickets.|
|6||India||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah||20 October 1989||102 (115 balls, 5×4) ; DNB, 1 Ct.||Pakistan won by 38 runs.|
|7||West Indies||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||11 November 1990||DNB ; 91* (98 balls, 8×4)||Pakistan won by 5 wickets.|
|8||Sri Lanka||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo||7 August 1994||93* (94 balls, 6×4, 3×6) ; 10-1-45-2, 1 Ct.||Pakistan won by 19 runs.|
|9||South Africa||National Stadium, Karachi||16 October 1994||3-0-14-0, 3 Ct. ; 62* (85 balls, 3×4)||Pakistan won by 8 wickets.|
|10||New Zealand||Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||6 March 1996||55* (47 balls, 5×4) ; 7-0-41-2, 1 Ct.||Pakistan won by 46 runs.|
|11||India||Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, Toronto||17 September 1996||1-0-9-0 ; 70* (81 balls, 6×4)||Pakistan won by 2 wickets.|
|12||Zimbabwe||Bugti Stadium, Quetta||30 October 1996||6-0-37-1 ; 72* (77 balls, 4×4)||Pakistan won by 3 wickets.|
|13||New Zealand||Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala||4 December 1996||73* (78 balls, 6×4, 1×6); 1 Ct.||Pakistan won by 11 runs.|