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‘Insulting himself. Wants publicity’: Saleem Malik reacts to Wasim Akram’s ‘he treated my like servant’ claims

Wasim Akram made some controversial revelations about former Pakistan captain and teammate Saleem Malik in his biography ‘Sultan: A Memoir‘. Akram revealed that Malik would reap the benefits of his seniority and deal with him like a servant whereas on excursions. The 56-year-old additionally said that Malik would demand for massages.

However since these revelations, Malik, who captained the nationwide group from 1992-95, had a response to the previous pacer and stated that if he was ‘selfish’, he would never have given Akram ‘the chance to bowl’. “I wanted to ask him for his view on his comments and in what sense did he write that. We used to go on tour for Pakistan tours, there used to be laundry machines there. He never had to use their hands,” he said, while speaking to 24 News. Malik was guilty of match-fixing and was banned for life in 2000.

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“It looks like he did it for publicity.”

“Till I don’t talk to him or I don’t check his book. I don’t want to comment on it. We are colleagues and spent good time together. So I don’t want to create any controversy.”

“If I was selfish, then how did he play his first match under me? So why would I let him bowl,” he asked.

“The way he is talking about clothes and massage, he is insulting himself. Till I don’t talk to him, I won’t know in what sense he wrote it”, he further added. During Malik’s captaincy, Pakistan received seven out of 12 Check matches and 21 of 34 ODIs.

Malik made his Check debut in 1982, towards Sri Lanka. He registered an unbeaten knock of 100 within the second innings, changing into the second youngest participant at the moment to make a ton on Check debut. He was aged 18 years and 323 days. Considered one of his standard performances was towards India in 1987. Chasing 238 in 40 overs Pakistan have been decreased to 161 for 5, when he arrived on the crease. He smacked an unbeaten knock of 72 runs off 36 balls, serving to his aspect win the sport by two wickets and three balls to spare.

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