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Pak cricketer robbed of passport, valuables

world Updated: Nov 27, 2013 07:43 IST

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Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq lost his passport, gold and cash when burglars broke into his house in the eastern city of Lahore early on Tuesday, the player said.

The incident is the latest piece of bad luck for the 33-year-old, who was sent home from Pakistan's ongoing tour of South Africa after he injured his hamstring just two days before the first Twenty20 last week.

“Robbers broke into my house at around 5:30am through the washroom window and took away the locker from the room, which had my passport, around 38 ounces (around 1kg) of gold and 8,000 dollars and 2,500 pounds,” Razzaq told reporters.

Lahore police said they suspected the thieves had prior information.

Razzaq’s situation was unclear but Pakistani cricketers in the past have been regularly summoned by tax authorities for not filing returns and hiding valuables in their homes.

Earlier this month Razzaq staged a comeback in Pakistan’s Twenty20 team after a gap of one year, but he failed in both T20 matches against South Africa in Dubai.

He has played 46 Tests, 265 one-day and 32 T20 matches for Pakistan in a career spanning over 17 years.

“It's a big setback for me but police are investigating the matter,” said Razzaq.

This is the second incident of a Pakistani cricketer landing trouble in the past two days. Earlier, a case was registered against Pakistani cricketer Wahab Riaz for violating “one dish” rule at a party he arranged ahead of his marriage at his residence in Lahore.

A police team raided his Garden Town residence and registered an FIR under section 188 of Pakistan Penal Code against him for violating a ban on serving more than one dish at marriage ceremonies.

Riaz's wedding is scheduled for November 28. In Punjab, a province of 90 million, the government has banned serving more than one dish at marriage functions.

“How could police raid and register a case against my son when we were holding the marriage function inside our house,” Riaz's father Sheikh Sikandar said.

He said a police official heading the raiding team wanted “some money” and when his demand was not met he registered the case on the pretext of violating the one-dish rule.