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My stand has been vindicated, says Shoaib Malik

Dubai: Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik heaved a sigh of relief after the PCB appeals judge revoked his one-year ban, paving the way for his comeback to the national team.

Justice Irfan Qadir not only lifted the ban but also reduced the fine from two to one million rupees.

"I am very happy that with the blessings of Allah, my stand has been vindicated and all the baseless charges and allegations have been quashed," he said in a statement.

Malik was charged with indiscipline and punished by PCB enquiry committee, which probed into the team`s disastrous Australian tour early this year.

The committee had handed out punishments to seven Pakistani players and barring Mohammed Yousuf, all appealed against the decision.

Malik said he was ready to get back to national team.

"As always, my commitment for the country and for my team continues to be 100 per cent. I look forward to focusing purely on my game and will be delighted to serve my country in whatever capacity my team needs me, as and when required," said Malik who is here after his marriage with Indian tennis star Sania Mirza.

Malik has been included among the 35-man probables for next month`s Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and PCB will soon announce the team.

PTI

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