Zulqarnain's disappearance spells new trouble for PCB
RE The Pakistan Cricket Board rang all the alarm bell after Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider went missing in Dubai.
An official of the PCB said that they are holding inquiry in to the matter. He said that they have informed the ICCs Anti-Corruption and Security Unit and alerted the security officials in Dubai.
An official of the Board confirmed that he was seen at the Dubai airport but there was no clue of his destination as yet.
The player left a message to all his Facebook friends for prayers for the match need ur prays fr finnal thanks fr remember me in your prays.
But on the morning of the match a message of Zulqarnains Facebook wall read: leaving Pakistan cricket because get bad msg fr 1 man fr lose the match in last game.
The information shared with PCB by local authorities indicates that Haider has left UAE for United Kingdom. The PCB continues to monitor this situation and is in regular contact with concerned authorities in this regard, the board said. A full inquiry will be held into the circumstances surrounding this incident and no further comments will be made until the facts are known.
According to independent reports, the wicket-keeper had received death threats from unknown sources.
On Sunday, he was fined 500 dirhams (84) for breaking curfew hours imposed by the teams management.
Raza Haider, Zulqarnains brother, said the wicketkeeper had reportedly received threats. I spoke to Zulqarnain after the fourth ODI and he told me he had received some kind of threats after that game, but he gave no details, Raza said.
According to Cricinfo, the player also asked for security for his family and indicated that he might fly to the UK.
A police official Rana Faisal said security had been provided to Haiders family. We have deployed a dozen police officials at Haiders residence, so that they can be guarded properly if there is any threat, he said.
The passports of players are generally kept with management officials but Sarwar said Haider had requested for his passport last night. He took his passport from us last night on the pretext of needing it for something, Cricinfo quoted Nadeem Sarwar as saying. It is normal practice for he could have needed it for any number of things.
Other PCB officials were unavailable for comment on the reasons for Haiders non-arrival. Team manager Intikhab Alam said: I cant make much comment on this, but I can only confirm that Haider did not come with the team to the ground and we are looking for him.
Television channels spoke to Haiders relatives, including his other brother Aqil, but they werent aware of his whereabouts. Aqil said he had spoken to his brother on Sunday night but was given no indication of his actions. At this moment neither the ICC nor its watchdog, the ACSU, is involved in any investigations on Haiders disappearance. As of now there is nothing like that. We have nothing to do with it, an ICC said. The fact that he left on his own is very clear. The reason still are unclear.