Pak cricketer claims threat to life for snubbing bookies
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who said he received death threats for refusing to cooperate with bookies, claimed he also received threats while playing in domestic cricket.Updated: Nov 10, 2010 01:05 IST
Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who said he received death threats for refusing to cooperate with bookies, claimed he also received threats while playing in domestic cricket.
In an interview to Geo News on Tuesday, Haider said he had received threats to include certain players in his team in domestic matches.
"I got threats that I should play so and so player or not play that player," he said.
Haider fled from Dubai to London - before the fifth and final ODI against South Africa - because he said he feared for his safety.
"I had no intentions of applying for political asylum and if the Pakistan government is ready to give security for me and my family, I'm ready to return to Pakistan," he said.
"I have no issues playing for Pakistan again provided the Pakistan Cricket Board wants me to play."
Earlier, Haider said he was retiring from international cricket since he and his family were "constantly getting threats".
"This person approached me while I had gone out for dinner. He said, 'If you don't cooperate you will no longer be part of the team and we can make life very difficult for you'," Haider said.
First Published: Nov 09, 2010 15:41 IST