LAHORE - Former cricketer Salim Malik has hoped that Pakistan team will perform well against Zimbabwe after its dismal show against Bangladesh, an unbelievable performance of the green caps against any low-ranked team.

Talking to the reporters during a ceremony organised by the Lahore Press Club (LPC) to give him honorary life-time membership of the club, Salim said: “It is very good news for cricket loving nation that a Test-playing team has been visiting the country to play series with the national team which will certainly help in resuming international sports activities here.”  Former PCB chairman Khalid Mehmood, former Test cricket Abdul Qadir, LPC president Arshad Ansari, secretary Afzal Talib, SJAL president Syed Ali Hashmi, LPC sports committee members and other sports journalists were also present on the occasion. Salim Malik also thanked the LPC president, sports committee and sports journalists for awarding him the club’s life-time membership terming it a great honour for him.

Abdul Qadir termed awarding the life-time membership to Salim Malik a great step taken by LPC sports committee which was highly laudable. He also demanded the LPC of forming a team comprising former cricket greats who would not only help in organising maximum cricketing across the country but also work as pressure group to stop the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for their wrongdoings and wrong selection suggesting the board the ways through which Pakistan cricket could be revived. He also urged the LPC to award life-time membership to others sports personalities who have great services for the country and its sports.

Ex-PCB chairman Khalid Mehmood terming Salim Malik a legend said that the cricketer had great services for Pakistan cricket. “It is really an honour for Salim Malik to get LPC life-time membership as he deserves this. For me, Pakistan cricket is very important and I hope Salim will continue contributing for cricket.”

Paying rich tribute to Salim’s estimable services for cricket, senior sports journalist Zahid Maqsood termed him a role model for young players. “Salim is a player whose videos have been used to guide the upcoming players how to bat well. He is a great asset for us and we should utilize his services for uplift of the game.”

A guest from Karachi Zahir Shah was also present at the LPC to pay tribute to Salim Malik and termed him a great asset for the country’s cricket. “We will be organising two matches in Karachi soon to pay tribute to him and it will be a great honour for us, if he comes and plays the matches there.”

LPC president Arshad Ansari lauded the services of Salim for the club’s cricket activities and for Pakistan cricket as well, and hoped he would continue his support for the promotion of the game. Ansari also appreciated the efforts of LPC sports committee and asked them to highlight and encourage the favorite sons of the soil who have earned laurels for the country.

At the end, the LPC president, along with guest of honours and sports committee members, awarded the life-time club membership to Salim Malik.