Malik, Kaneria meet PCB integrity committee again
Shoaib Malik's and Danish Kaneria's long drawn-out battle to gain clearance from the PCB continued on Monday when they appeared before its integrity committee again.
A spokesman for the PCB said the decision on whether the two players - who last played for Pakistan during the England tour last year - can play for the national team is still pending.
"Both Malik and Kaneria appeared before the committee but the committee has taken no decision," Nadeem Sawrar, a PCB spokesman, told AFP.
Malik, Kaneria and Kamran Akmal appeared before the integrity committee in January before the selection of Pakistan's World Cup squad, and while Kamran was included Kaneria and Malik were not cleared for selection.
Kaneria was questioned by police in England last year, in relation to an investigation believed to centre around a Pro40 Es+++ win against Durham and spot-betting on wides and no-balls during the match, but was not charged. He has since produced a letter from his former county Es+++ clearing him of wrongdoing, but the PCB was not satisfied with it, and Kaneria has taken the PCB to court over his non-clearance.
Malik, meanwhile, received a boost when he was named as a reserve player in Pakistan's squad for their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, but Mohsin Khan, the chief selector, said it was subject to his clearance from the board. Malik has reportedly not been able to satisfy the integrity committee about the legitimacy of a sum of money in his bank account. He, however, said he has given the committee all the information needed.
"I have given to the committee whatever I was asked to submit and it's up to them to clear me," Malik said. "If I am included in the team, then I am sure I will give a good performance as I believe I have a lot to offer to Pakistan cricket."