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Controversial captain wants to coach Pakistan national team

Cleared of corruption charges, Salim Malik wants to work with the national team as a batting coach.

Cleared of corruption charges, former Pakistan captain Salim Malik is hoping for a chance to work with the national team as a batting coach.
Cleared of corruption charges, former Pakistan captain Salim Malik is hoping for a chance to work with the national team as a batting coach.

Salim Malik, the former Pakistan captain who overturned a life ban from cricket, applied for the job of national team batting coach on Thursday.

In 2008, a court in Lahore lifted a life ban on Malik that was imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board for match-fixing.

A PCB board of inquiry in 2000 implicated him in corrupting international matches.

"I do really feel that Pakistan needs a batting coach and I want to offer my services," Malik said in Lahore soon after applying for the job at the PCB headquarters.

"Pakistan batsmen have been struggling both against spinners and fast bowlers and they need a good adviser."

The 49-year-old Malik was not concerned that he does not fulfil at least two of the job requirements.

He does not have at least five years of working experience in a similar role with elite cricketers, nor has he done a level three coaching accreditation or international equivalent.

"I don't think it should be a problem," Malik said. "You don't have to teach players of the national team from scratch, you just need to fine tune them."

Malik caused another controversy after his ban was lifted four years ago when he claimed the PCB offered him a job as the head coach at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

However, the PCB denied Malik's claims at the time.

He played 103 Tests from 1982 to 1999 and scored 5,768 runs. He also played 283 one-day internationals and made 7,170 runs. The PCB has set a November 5 deadline for applicants for batting coach.

Elsewhere, the regional television network Sun TV won an auction to buy the Indian Premier League team based at Hyderabad after the cash-strapped Deccan Chronicle group was forced to sell.

Sun TV, owned by the Chennai-based Maran group, put in the highest bid of US$15.9 million (Dh58.4m) a year for the rights to the franchise in the lucrative Twenty20 league. It was not known whether Sun TV will retain the name Deccan Chargers.

Meanwhile the injured Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis has been left out of the Twenty20 and one-day squads to play New Zealand.

Mendis has not fully recovered from a side strain picked up during Sri Lanka's opening world T20 match against Zimbabwe on September 18, although he missed only one game and played in the rest of the tournament to finish as the top wicket taker with 15 wickets at an average of 9.80.

Also rested were the batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who gave up the captaincy after the world final against the West Indies, and the fast bowler Lasith Malinga.

On Wednesday, the national selectors appointed Angelo Mathews on a one-year term to lead Sri Lanka's T20 side with Malinga as his deputy. The first ODI will be at Pallekele on November 1.

Banker Jacquie Hey broke more than a century of male exclusivity when she was unanimously voted on to the board of Cricket Australia.

"I'm so proud, privileged and honoured to be given this role, it's deep inside me that I really feel how important this is and how important it is that I do a damned good job," Hey told reporters.

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