Zulqarnain resurfaces in London

Beats hasty retreat after receiving threat following fourth ODI win.


Umar Farooq November 09, 2010

DUBAI:


Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who went missing from the team’s hotel in Dubai on Monday, was spotted at Heathrow Airport in London, as his teammates went on to lose the series 3-2.

Reportedly, Haider had decided to leave upon receiving a threatening text message after he steered Pakistan to victory in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) on November 5.

Haider, who left the hotel silently and without taking any team member into confidence, was seen at the hotel’s reception around 6:30 am by Pakistan team manager Shahid Aslam. Haider said that he was going to meet a relative and would be back.

On Sunday night, Haider had taken his passport back from the team management. He told them that he needed it to buy a mobile phone sim. The next morning at approximately 8:30am, he posted a message on his Facebook page in broken English that read: “leaving Pakistan cricket because get bad msg from 1 man fr lose the match in last game.” Later, he sent a text message to a television reporter saying he was going to London and requesting that his family be provided security.

The team management had been unaware of Haider’s whereabouts until 11 am when they were about to depart for the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium for the fifth and final ODI against South Africa.

According to the management, he wasn’t present at breakfast. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that they will investigate the matter. According to a statement released by the PCB, they had informed the Dubai police of the incident and also brought it to the notice of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit. Earlier, Haider had been fined for breaking the night curfew. In 2006, Haider was arrested at the Abu Dhabi-Dubai Highway on charges of possessing alcohol. He was touring with the Pakistan ‘A’ for the EuroAsia Trophy.

The suggestion from Haider is that an illegal bookie had wanted Pakistan to lose the fourth game but, because he scored an unbeaten 19 to lead Pakistan to victory with one ball to spare, he is in danger.

In Pakistan, SSP Rana Faisal said that Haider’s family had been provided adequate security. “We have deployed a dozen police officials at Haider’s residence so that his family can be guarded properly if there is a threat,” Faisal told the media.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 9th, 2010.

COMMENTS (70)

sami | 11 years ago | Reply yes i agree wiyh shakil that we will win But we have struck off these rotten eggs from our intermediately, if zulqurnain have wrong calls , he should be informed his team manager , what the logic of leave the team without permission and without inform .
Raheel | 11 years ago | Reply it's a strange case...there is no other side of the story but speculation by media on what Mr. Haider told himself…..there are some valid arguments going both against and in his favor 1-political Asylum…bring his wife and children, getting nationality , that sound fishy isn’t it ? but 2-equally are the money and fame he has given up after an apparently hasty decision of retiring from international cricket 3-the fact he tricked the management to get the passport and flew to London, not taking any senior into confidence and not going back to Pakistan or reporting the matter to PCB …brings question of that why he didn’t do it ?????? Does anyone knows if he had tried doing all that in the past?? 4-we know Salman, Amir and Asif are all there, long before them there was Wasim Akram and there was a guy called Ata ur Rehman if you know what I mean ? and confession of Malik Qayyum ?…. I am not alleging PCB of anything but perhaps the history of PCB does not suggest if the institution had ever been capable of dealing with such matters with iron fist? and recently we shall also remember the story of Younis Khan, http://blog.dawn.com/2010/10/13/the-story-of-younis-khan/ It’s a shame that credibility of our institutions and their representative have become a joke….in general we just don’t believe anything without being skeptical....i am pessimist like many others regarding the true outcome of this matter will ever be known….even if it does. We just won’t believe it
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