The batter featured in five matches in the recently concluded National T20 Cup
The PCB has opened an investigation against the player pertaining to article 4.7.1 in its code that covers a wide range of offences, including corruption and breach of a criminal law.
Though the PCB has refused to divulge the precise offence for which Malik is being investigated, the board has barred him from participating in any activities related to cricket while the probe is carried out.
According to article 4.7.1 of PCB’s anti-corruption code, provisional suspension is effective where the PCB decides to charge an individual with a corruption offence or considers that there are other exceptional circumstances where law enforcement agencies arrest the individual under the criminal law. In cases where it considers that the integrity of the sport could otherwise be seriously undermined, the PCB holds the discretion to suspend a player pending the anti-corruption tribunal investigation of the said offence.
Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent