No support for Haider, PCB suspends contract
Pakistan cricket authorities today suspended the contract of wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider and formed a committee to examine his fleeing from the team hotel in Dubai to London.cricket Updated: Nov 11, 2010 00:42 IST
Support shrunk for troubled Pakistan cricketer Zulqarnain Haider in his own nation as the PCB on Wednesday suspended his contract and the government refused to support his efforts of seeking asylum in the UK after sensationally deserting the team in Dubai.
The Board also constituted a three- member committee to look into the incident of his fleeing from Dubai to London after claiming to have received death threats from match-fixers.
Haider mysteriously left for London hours before the fifth one-dayer against South Africa without informing either the Board or the team management.
A senior board official said the stipend contract was suspended because Haider had violated the terms and conditions of his contract as a Pakistan player.
A PCB statement also said that the Board is trying to get in touch with Haider but attempts to contact him have so far remained unsuccessful.
The fact finding committee includes Subhan Ahmed, Team Manager Intikhab Alam and Team Security Manger Maj. Khawaja Najam. All three members are in Dubai as part of the current team management.
The Board official said the committee would meet soon and send a notice to Haider to report to them.
The government also took a hard stand against the stumper, who announced his retirement from international cricket barely three months after making his Test debut.
"The government will not support any move from Zulqarnain (Haider) to get asylum in the UK. We don't support his actions and believe he should have come to us if he was under threat from anyone. He didn't have confidence in the national team management or board," Pakistan Sports Minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani told reporters.
Akram slams PCB
New Delhi: Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram slammed the PCB for mismanaging the Zulqarnain Haider controversy."I feel that the PCB is not capable of handling Pakistan cricket. It has failed to strike a bond of trust with the players, which has left players insecure and vulnerable,” he said.
ICC offers help
Dubai: Expressing concerns over Haider International Cricket Council has offered to help the PCB in its investigation into the matter, besides advising the player to approach it. ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said the world body is in "regular touch" with the PCB since Haider fled from his team hotel in Dubai to London.