Ethics and morality November 9, 2010

Zulqarnain Haider's troubled mind

A week that promised to deliver the right kind of headlines for Pakistan cricket has once more deepened everybody's sense of bewilderment
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A week that promised to deliver the right kind of headlines for Pakistan cricket has once more deepened everybody's sense of bewilderment. Zulqarnain Haider's covert escape from the international squad and his arrival in England has quickly banished the euphoria of two nail-biting victories over South Africa.

What drove Zulqarnain to this extreme measure isn't entirely clear but he is certainly a troubled young man. Threats to Pakistan cricketers are not new, and at the very least Zulqarnain's act will help people outside Pakistan understand some of the pressures that he and his colleagues uniquely face. Pakistan cricketers, like other human beings, aren't born corrupt. They are products, even victims, of their peculiar environment.

Experienced voices in Pakistan are already condemning Zulqarnain's behaviour. He should have turned back to Pakistan and his cricket board in the first instance, they say. Perhaps so. But it is equally understandable that he might feel unable to trust the current malfunctioning cricket board, despite the ICC task force's rather hasty announcement of the PCB's wonderful progress in combating corruption. Naturally, he would feel safer in exposing his concerns in England than in Pakistan, or even Dubai.

Whistleblowers in any walk of life face being discredited. They are marginalised, lose their jobs, and may experience personal danger. They are quickly dismissed as attention seekers and scandalmongers. Zulqarnain might turn out to be either of these but for now he deserves understanding. It takes guts, extreme provocation, or both, to walk out on an international career, something you have worked all your life for and dreamed every night about.

Zulqarnain might not be the most talented player to represent Pakistan but he has shown plenty of guts and determination on the cricket field. He clearly wants to win. He puts his country first, he says. He has dedicated victories to Imran Khan's cancer appeal and Pakistan's flood victims. To me, this is the behaviour of a man whose heart is in the right place, only an extreme cynic would think otherwise.

Where Zulqarnain's mind is, however, is anybody's guess. But now that he has set off on this lonely road he needs to fully expose everything that has gone before, whatever the short-term cost to cricket and cricketers in Pakistan and elsewhere. Once we know the full extent of Zulqarnain’s trauma that will be the time to properly judge the man who wanted to be Pakistan's wicketkeeper.

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  • Mandeep Kundi on January 24, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    PAKISTAN ARE RUBBISH NATION, PCB ARE BIGGEST CORRUPTION AND THEIR CRICKET IS NO MORE AND HOORAY NO MORE PAKISTAN IN FEW YEARS TIME

  • Tahir Masood Sandhu on November 23, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    I was really amazed to know of Zul's disappearance and flight to UK.

    Agreed that he had a serious threat for himself and the family. Now that he is safe, where is his family ? And what about the threat to his folks..

    The whole episode is bizarre in nature as well as the argument. Without any specific evidence, the name of the people involved, or at least the phone number from which the calls were made, the story is not heading any where.

    Can't really figure out what Zul is contemplating, and whether he along with his family escapes to the greener grass of UK, Which seems like a motive with every passing day, Let's keep our fingers crossed and wait for the cat to come out of the bag.

    As far as the test series in the UAE is concerned, The Umpires need to get their eyes and ears checked, as in addition to the blunders they made, they gifted a 150 run stand in the first test, and now Extra 270 runs for the good of AB and south Africa.

    Kudos to the PCB, for not insisting on UDRS.

  • Kaisar on November 15, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    I agree with the analysis here... corruption in Pakistan cricket is deep rooted like it is in the country. And what is coming out is just the tip of the iceberg..! ZH did what he deemed right and in the given circumstances what else he could do.... Let’s not forget when Yasser Hameed spoke out (privately), he and was labelled as 'stupid' and 'traitor'.... shame on us… do we have any morality or ethics...? One who speaks out is traitor and stupid and all those who know it and just keep quite are'wise' and 'patriots'....seriously?. The biggest sin of today is indifference and we all are 'sinners'. We as a nation are in constant denial and perhaps would remain this way...

  • Farrukh Sami on November 15, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Hey do you know that today is a historic day inj test match cricket. Five centuries are scored in a single day today.

  • aa on November 13, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    testing to see if this works

  • Alkingson Indian on November 12, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    I clearly see a hate for India in the comments from Pakistani..About the Indian bookies...And on the other side Indians who have commented shown great respect for Pakistan Cricket and there players...But indian shown hate for PCB which looks fair...Looks like Pakistan in general have same kind of mentality to blame others which goes all the way to upper level...Guys grow up its global world..Every country have bad and good people..Please for the name of God stop fighthing and try to figure out whats going on with your cricket...Because currently I dont see anything wrong in Indian cricket..way BCCI downgraded Yuvi is example BCCI play fair game..

  • Kumi on November 12, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Zulqarnain has done what may other present and past players should have done.

    Being South African and being an avid Hansie supporter it pains to see how hard the PACB are trying to make it seem that he is at fault. In my book more than 60% of that side is corrupt and are actively involved in match fixing. It is also concerning why the PACB are so slow to uncover these things and dont seem to support the truth.

    Zulqarnain has spoken - he has spoken about death threats - funny hey that Bob Woolmer was murdered - linked to Pakistan cricket.

    Sorry but this is NOT cricket. Pakistan cricket needs to be taken off circuit for a while until the mess is cleared. We watched teh 1 day series and though, i wonder if this game is real or fixed? Its a complete joke.

    The PACB need to investigate its team - its so obvious that the players are involved in match fixing.

    Pakistan has disgraced itself once again.Lets not blame poverty for this - it is greed.

  • ram on November 12, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Chetan

    Must be reading much (translation perhaps in Hindi!) of Sherlock holmes stories

    Why dont you solve? I am anxious

  • Awais Ahmed on November 12, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Kamran Abbasi's article. Mr. Zulqarnain Haider should speak out what is hidden inside him.

  • penis enlargement on September 28, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    brinkka2011 says: Youre so right. Im there with you. Your blog is surely worth a read if anyone comes throughout it. Im lucky I did because now Ive acquired a whole new view of this. I didnt realise that this issue was so important and so universal. You absolutely put it in perspective for me.

  • Mandeep Kundi on January 24, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    PAKISTAN ARE RUBBISH NATION, PCB ARE BIGGEST CORRUPTION AND THEIR CRICKET IS NO MORE AND HOORAY NO MORE PAKISTAN IN FEW YEARS TIME

  • Tahir Masood Sandhu on November 23, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    I was really amazed to know of Zul's disappearance and flight to UK.

    Agreed that he had a serious threat for himself and the family. Now that he is safe, where is his family ? And what about the threat to his folks..

    The whole episode is bizarre in nature as well as the argument. Without any specific evidence, the name of the people involved, or at least the phone number from which the calls were made, the story is not heading any where.

    Can't really figure out what Zul is contemplating, and whether he along with his family escapes to the greener grass of UK, Which seems like a motive with every passing day, Let's keep our fingers crossed and wait for the cat to come out of the bag.

    As far as the test series in the UAE is concerned, The Umpires need to get their eyes and ears checked, as in addition to the blunders they made, they gifted a 150 run stand in the first test, and now Extra 270 runs for the good of AB and south Africa.

    Kudos to the PCB, for not insisting on UDRS.

  • Kaisar on November 15, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    I agree with the analysis here... corruption in Pakistan cricket is deep rooted like it is in the country. And what is coming out is just the tip of the iceberg..! ZH did what he deemed right and in the given circumstances what else he could do.... Let’s not forget when Yasser Hameed spoke out (privately), he and was labelled as 'stupid' and 'traitor'.... shame on us… do we have any morality or ethics...? One who speaks out is traitor and stupid and all those who know it and just keep quite are'wise' and 'patriots'....seriously?. The biggest sin of today is indifference and we all are 'sinners'. We as a nation are in constant denial and perhaps would remain this way...

  • Farrukh Sami on November 15, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Hey do you know that today is a historic day inj test match cricket. Five centuries are scored in a single day today.

  • aa on November 13, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    testing to see if this works

  • Alkingson Indian on November 12, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    I clearly see a hate for India in the comments from Pakistani..About the Indian bookies...And on the other side Indians who have commented shown great respect for Pakistan Cricket and there players...But indian shown hate for PCB which looks fair...Looks like Pakistan in general have same kind of mentality to blame others which goes all the way to upper level...Guys grow up its global world..Every country have bad and good people..Please for the name of God stop fighthing and try to figure out whats going on with your cricket...Because currently I dont see anything wrong in Indian cricket..way BCCI downgraded Yuvi is example BCCI play fair game..

  • Kumi on November 12, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Zulqarnain has done what may other present and past players should have done.

    Being South African and being an avid Hansie supporter it pains to see how hard the PACB are trying to make it seem that he is at fault. In my book more than 60% of that side is corrupt and are actively involved in match fixing. It is also concerning why the PACB are so slow to uncover these things and dont seem to support the truth.

    Zulqarnain has spoken - he has spoken about death threats - funny hey that Bob Woolmer was murdered - linked to Pakistan cricket.

    Sorry but this is NOT cricket. Pakistan cricket needs to be taken off circuit for a while until the mess is cleared. We watched teh 1 day series and though, i wonder if this game is real or fixed? Its a complete joke.

    The PACB need to investigate its team - its so obvious that the players are involved in match fixing.

    Pakistan has disgraced itself once again.Lets not blame poverty for this - it is greed.

  • ram on November 12, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Chetan

    Must be reading much (translation perhaps in Hindi!) of Sherlock holmes stories

    Why dont you solve? I am anxious

  • Awais Ahmed on November 12, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Kamran Abbasi's article. Mr. Zulqarnain Haider should speak out what is hidden inside him.

  • samthe wales on November 11, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    I am very disappointed with PCB & Pakistan's yesteryear players. Here is a man taking a stance against this illegal betting disease which has destroyed Pakistan as a country and its cricket structure. The rest of the cricketting countries ridicule them and don't respect their talent. Now this is the time or opportunity for them to blow this scandal out of their system once and for all. Instead players like Iqbal and Federal government ministers coming out with statements to destroy one individual. I cant logically see Mr.Haider is running away from anything other than what he gives as reasons. OK it may embarrass the Pakistan establishment. But unless they use this situation to sort their problems ( at least in other people's eyes) they are doomed as a test playing country and thereby destroying cricket development in that country.

  • Shamit on November 11, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    I think Zulqarnain acted correctly according to the situation, and did not want to put other people at risk. I think it was a very tough, life-changing decision for him to make, and I think he has done well so far. If he had approached the PCB, they would have been helpless, and would have probably put his life at greater risk.

    If I were in his place, I would have also done the same. I relate to his situation well, coz I have worked for a few organizations over the last 3 years, and know a bit about the political pressures people face in their work place, and how people are harassed, threatened and black-mailed into doing things against their principles.

    I hope and pray that Zulqarnain can get through this challenging period well, and that he gets good support from the ICC and World Cricket. He may even be able to play county cricket in England, complete residency in England, and become an English citizen, just like Saqlain Mushtaq did.

    Truly,

    Shamit

  • Nagarajan on November 11, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    He is fair and could not bear the pressure of corruption. He would have accepted bribes and kept quite, if he is not fair. He has done well to satisfy his soul which he has not sold. Roots are in PCB. They should clean up the roots to get rid of spot/match fixing. We love to watch Pakistan cricket on track again like Imran Khan's time.

  • lalaland on November 11, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Maybe im in the minority but respect for whistleblowers is the default reaction for me.

  • azmat on November 11, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Let me tell you kamran, he is an absolute idiot and chicken and does not know how to put things together, if you hide and run away, the problem won’t solve by itself. Good judgment is very essential to succeed in life and sport is one of the forms.

  • shabbir bheda on November 11, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    Well said. This explains how much trust we have in our Ad-Hoc-for-Life PCB. Zulqrnain did not want to end up like Basit Ali and Rashid Latif who were censured rather than sympathised and helped. This is not the first time a Pakistani Cricketer has done this. Remember the World Cup Quarter Finals against India when Wasim Akram dumped the team on the morning of the match on the pretext of a 'sore shoulder'. At least Zulqarnain did not use any pretext not to play the 5th Match. His simple reason was not to sell his Country. Why doesnt the PCB start the case from that World Cup Quarter Finals.

  • ali rao on November 11, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    yesterday during conference zulki said ,people wanted to fix 4th n 5th ODI.. i want to ask who are you..? captain...? vice captain...? main player in team...? he needs to recognise urself first then u make stories.. a childish mind, indiciplined person. bye the way a good attempt to become a millionier without any struggle. like these people are not deserving to represent the national team..PCB should take strong action against this irresponsible person.

  • Numan Zahoor on November 11, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, how can you say the person is doing the right thing by vanishing from the Team's Hotel? how can you justify this breach of boards terms & conditions? Now the 2nd part of the story as Zulqurnain says " I did what was in the interest of Pakistan & My faimly" okay understandable, but where are the Names? where are the Facts? I'm sorry but i dont agree with Zulqurnain's statement. When "THEY" accuse our players we Scream for proof and we scream out loud for evidance, now why is no one asking about the proof, the evidance? Anyone can turn around and cliam to be threatened? anyone can come up with random stories. Mr. Haider provide us with the solid information not bed time stories. What Zulqurnain did was wrong, I'm sure there would be atleast one honest person in management, why didn't he went up to him? Okay you don't trust no one fair enough again understandable but have some guts tell us the whole story atleast.

  • chin_ran on November 11, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    What is funny is..PCB was trying to protect guys who were caught for match fixing (Amir, Butt and Asif). It took a long while to suspend them only after ICC suspended them.

    They have immediately suspended Zulkaranain's stipend. The guy to till now seems to be a whistle blower. No one knows how deep the rot runs. ICC and PCB find him to be a political annoyance as can be seen from their actions. Why report to IIC's ACU when they cannot offer protection. They are investigators not the police. I think Zulkarnain knows whats best for him and he has done the right thing to go to a place that he perceives as fair and lawful.

    He definitely does not have a troubled mind unless you refer to someone scared as 'troubled'.

  • Chetan on November 11, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, something does not sound right about the way Haider has chosen to behave. My observations - Haider's common sense would have told him that Pakistani cricketers are contacted & occassionally threatened by bookies. Why then did Haider choose to go out alone while on an Intl tour ? More than 2 days after he has landed in UK, he is yet to provide any details of the person who managed to accost him on the streets of Dubai & issue a threat that had him so scared that he just chose to disappear from Dubai without talking to anyone. We still do not know the exact location where he was accosted. It would be a good idea for investigators to check the below - 1. What time did Mr. Haider walk out of the hotel - why alone ? 2. What time did he receive the threat ? 3. What time did he collect his passport from the team management ? 4. When & how did he make arrangements to get from the Hotel to the Dubai Airport, who facilitated & why .......

  • ash on November 11, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    I think it's too early to call Zulqarnain a whistleblower since he hasn't disclosed any details about any of the other team members or about PCB's management. However these details may emerge later as he may be witholding information in exchange for a quid pro quo including being allowed to stay permanently in the UK.

    I sympathise with Zulqarnain's plight. Why would a cricketer on the threshold of a promising international career throw it all away unless there was an imminent danger to his life that pushed him past the breaking point? It's all to easy for the Pakistan Sports Minister, Aijaz Jhakrani, to castigate him for cowardice but let's see the Minister himself move around in chaosistan today without his retinue of armed guards and/or goon squad before he starts hurling accusations at the hapless cricketer. And would you trust the PCB to provide security to anybody after what happened to the Sri Lankans in Lahore? Zulqarnain is nobody's fool. I wish him well.

  • Bilal Mahmood on November 11, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Being from Pakistan and knowing my surroundings there before i came to America, i can attest how corrupt pakistan's governing folks really are. No matter what walk of life you look @. 3rd world countries, yes, including india face this very same problem. Some manage to be better thieves while others are not good managers. I feel for Zulqarnain, and i think ICC should completely investigate the matter and dont just use empty words or promises to help Pakistan weeding out these issues, do provide real help. All those weirdo people who come up with slogans like "Ban Pakistan" must be send back to school, or get evaluated by a psychiatric dr. Pakistan is a team that has produced some games India may NEVER be able to. No matter how much we mutually hate each other (Pak and india), Pakistan was,is,, and will be a unique team regardless what indians think or want. Resolution to everything is NOT kill 'em all (George Bush Style). Pakistan Team is the BEST in my opinion.

  • Kanwar Sosheel Singh on November 11, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Poor fellow Haider, How come you expect him to inform PCB or Pak Govt about the pressure put on him during 4th & 5th Match ?. As a matter of fact the biggest money makers from match fixing are officials of PCB and some govt rulers. In 2008-09 when the Lahore Eagles lost the match against NBP in 6.1 overs in Pakistan Domestic Season, Haider was threated by PCB / NBP / Mafias of cricket to fix the match so that NBP gets through to next level. If you look at the NBP (National Bank of Pakistan)team that time Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Umar Amin, Fawad Alam, Wahab Riaz & Mohd Amir are all involved in match fixing at Domestic as well as international level. They were having secret agreement with PCB that if they were choosen to national team they would play according to the instructions of PCB and mint money for them and make some money for themselves. The Mafia being PCB are all linked to Dubai & South Africa also. This was the reason they forced ICC's HQ to UAE. Now you understand all.

  • Asghar on November 11, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Something is wrong with this whole story. I can't help feeling that something stinks with this case. It seems to have small loop holes in almost every sentence. There is a "but why this and why that" in almost every aspect. I hope I am wrong but I am tending towards the case that this guy is not only not telling the truth but is also trying to paint a different picture of certain related matters.

    No matter how low we go in our cricket, we always manage to find a new low that's lower than the previous low! It just never stops. For the first time in my life I am ashamed to say that I'm a Pakistani.

  • Muhammad Hammad Amjad on November 11, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    Let the corrupt officials face the music

  • Nadeem Husain on November 11, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Kamran I fully agree with you, that i have been discussing with my friends also, that no cricketer would like to abandon his career like this. There must be real threats to Zulqy to flee like this. We must understand him and he should let the world know now what transpired, otherwise he will be known as disgraced and coward person.

  • Vivek Bhandari on November 11, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Really a brave decision by Zoni, but dont know what would be his fate? I remember Basit Ali and Rashid Latif also tried the same during '95 Zimbabwe series the but in the end, they had to come back...I hope some positive comes out of it...and he comes back in the team, he's a talented youngster after all...

  • Azes on November 11, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Its true that Players in Pakistan gets too much difficulties in their career because of Politics in PCB.It is a fact that there is no lack of TALENT in Pakistan but the players did not get the respect which they deserves(specially the new comers)

    Some examples of Politics: Salman Butt ....Not deserve a space in Pakistani team MISBAH UL HAQ: Not deserves....

    Imran Farhat....

  • sonpal on November 11, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    i thought the title was a bit misleading. i assumed this will be yet another insinuating piece about Zulqarnain's unsuitability for cricket at the highest level. Wrong! it was actually seeking to support zulqarnain in his hour of need. The caption at the bottom of the photograph would have been more appropriate title for this article.

  • tony on November 11, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    he & his family were threatend but he left his family in pakistan for his own safety.its a story difficult to believe & prove.

  • Usman on November 11, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    I'm glad someone expressed a thoughtout take on this situation. Zulwarnain had the sun rising on a bright future in his dream career. It takes a drastic situation for a drastic step to derail one's dream. Put little pieces of information together and it becomes clear why someone in his shoes would be nervous to trust anyone in the team or PCB and expect either to be uninvolved in the fixing mess. Remember Aaqib Javed's PCB inquiry video in which he pointed out Kamran Akmal's obvious run-out drama in the match with Australia and PCB burying the matter? Or Yasir Hameed's video describing how wide-spread fixing is? Or Botham pointing out how Ijaz Butt knew what fixers were talking about when Butt claimed they are talking all over about England supposedly being involved in fixing? I have my doubts all the way to Ijaz Butt since he has been appointed by Mr 10% and in that Mr.'s government corruption vine is set-up to feed the top branch. How can one expect Zulqarnain to trust anyone?

  • Rara on November 11, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    I wish someone will write an article about the ICC and ACSU`s extremely sad role in the tainted trio role. We may all believe them to be guilty but the delay, the vagueness and clear discrimination (in-terms of similar cases before) show either a lack of due process or an extremely ugly conscious. I wish that journalists like you can write something about this and pressure the ICC to have a transparent and fluid end to this controversy. My belief in ICC dwindles each day.

  • Babu on November 11, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    This is indeed very disheartning.

  • sajjad kazmi on November 11, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Any sane person would not do what Zulqarnain has done. I also don't have any ambiguity regarding the placement of his heart. But seriously doubt his mental orientation. There are many unanswered questions. He says in his press conference that upon return to Pakistan, his life and that of his family was threatened. I feel that with his present act of himself reaching the safe heaven of England, he has left his entire family in much more perilous situation. He is close to 25, married with two kids, but behaved like a kid of 10 years old. Now that he has taken the plunge, he should come up with the whole truth and expose whoever, including team members or officials are involved in this scam. His return from England and mysterious injury should also be explained in detail. He has burned his boat, lost almost everthing and has nothing more to lose.

  • Abdul Jabbar on November 11, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Agree with the author. Instead of sypathising a young man, who looks very upset, Cricket board officials of Pakistan have immediately cancelled his stipend contract and threatened him of life ban. These fools have formed a 3 member committee of which team manager Intikhab Alam is also a member. This so called "Fact Finding Commitee" has not even met till now, when shall it start its fact finding mission?

    Also the inclusion of Intikhab Alam, who is the manager of the current team, itself is a blunder because he himself may be part of the gang of which Zulqarnain is afraid of. This may prove to be like appointing a thief as a policeman.

  • Yasir Hasan on November 11, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    He and his family are constantly changing their point of view. I think Zulqarnain has indeed a troubled mind and he wanted British nationality... Otherwise there seems no reason why he felt unsafe in Dubai (Dubai is not like Pakistan, India, South Africa where anyone can get away with a murder). His family is still in Pakistan...

  • farrukh on November 11, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Intikhab Alam is in the enquiry team.The man who gave Zulqarnain his passport. lol.

    PCB has banned Zulqarnain(banned a retired player) lol.

    PCB has suspended his contract.lol.

    Zulqarnain thinks London is safe.(Dr Imran Farooque murdered in London)lol

    Zulqarnain wants protection for his family while himself hiding in London( sounds like Altaf Hussain)

  • desert leopard on November 11, 2010, 6:09 GMT

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  • Vish on November 11, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    @fawad iqbal: Five Indian Cricketers -- Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia, Ajay Sharma, and Manoj Prabhakar -- were investigated and named by India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). All these players were either banned or dropped by BCCI, which is probably why they have or at least have appeared to have stamped corruption out of Indian Cricket. Manoj Prabhakar was not an angel, and he was part of the game.

  • irfan on November 11, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    absloutly correct , agreed 1000 % with you mr kamran abbasi

  • Hassan on November 11, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Absolutely correct. He should expose everyone who involved in this dirty game. The entire Pakistan should support him. This boy is our HERO.

  • Asad on November 11, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Kamran, The environment in the team that has been created or allowed to exist is so absolutely horrid. It is a toxic mix of corruption, greed, favoritism, provincialism, short-term ism and poor team morale. How could the PCB, a big "cricket control" bureaucracy allow this to exist much less not even be aware? Unfortunately when organizations are run my myopic despots that is usually the case. As always, we all lament the great talent that Pakistan has and why is such a dysfunctional outfit our ambassador to the world? What will it take to get rid of Ijaz Butt? In the days of Zia-ul-Haq, the following was written outside a qabristan "Allah Zia-ul-Haq ko bhee jaldi say utha lay" - I think the same can be said today about Mr. Butt.

  • Saim on November 11, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Let us not jump to any conclusions in this matter. Although he claims that he has received threats which in this envoirnment could be very serious however he has not given any kind of proof just claiming that someody said something is not enough. I regret what he did, here we were thinking that we have finally seen the last of Kamran Akmal. Another Akmal is coming.

  • Sunny on November 11, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    I absolutely agree with Abbasi! Those who have already started pouring scorn on Haider need to realise that it takes a great deal of frustration and despair for a 24 year old to throw away an international cricket career and go absconding!!!

  • WASEEM ALVI on November 11, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Shame Zulqarnain, He should not go to UK , he just went UK for better living....He should be proude that he was playing for country...If he had any problem he should bring it to media in either in Pakistan or Dubia, He though he WIN one game so he become Hero, I personly think He was Hero for one day and next day become Zero,,,,,Zulqarnain if you are right then come up and tell every thing ot Geo or ARY TV so people can listion to you and understand you, if you think what you doing best for you and your counrty ....all I have t say SHAME ,,,SHAME and SHAME..... Pakistan should never select you for team....People like you are biggest enemy of Pakistan.....you was my Hero and now feel sory for you....

  • Muhammad Razwan Ghumman on November 11, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    This is quite alarming situation for authorities in Pakistan. A job which brings money and fame(at the least) is dumped by people just to get British nationality. According to Media reports Zulaqarnain was already in quest of permanent stay in Uk, even when he was part of playing 11 of Pakistan against England earlier this year.

    All this drama just to get permanent stay in UK, come on Pakissss where did we forget our morals?

    Uk is regarded as the most difficult country in EU to accept asylum seekers, but it is our perception of British life and British society that is driving our attitudes and behaviors .

    Disgusting this is

  • Imran Patel on November 11, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    Kamran, Glad to see this perspective coming out from Pakistan.

    It was sad to see the response from the PCB. Even former captain Asif Iqbal was jump to conclusions.

    The fact that Zulqarnain did not feel comfortable to discuss the issue with his team, captain of the team management raises concerns about the PCB management style & effectiveness.

    Before improving a process, we engineers study the "current-state" , identify gaps & root cause and then weigh possible solutions.

    Same is true for any organization or person or nation. Time for some introspection for PCB and Pakistan.

  • prasanthbhatt on November 11, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    what is the point in suspending aplayer who has retired i think pcb has gone mad

  • Brian on November 11, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    Man when u just thought things could not get worst fot Pakistan

  • Uday Mallik on November 11, 2010, 1:08 GMT

    As an enthusiastic cricketer, born in Karachi over seven decades ago, I have always been saddened by the goings on in Pakistan.What is happening in their cricket is just a reflection of the state of affairs existing there. Threats, denials,spin all seem to be the hallmark of Pakistan politics and this time it has cost the career of a very promising cricketer. Other outstanding talents like Mohd. Amer have been caught up in the same environment. Just as the State needs to have a complete overhaul in its system of governance so too does the PCB. Get rid of all the present lot and I guarantee that within 5 years both Pakistan and its cricket will become world class- indeed world beating.

  • Nadeem Salik on November 11, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    My dear Kamran, What was wrong with my comments except I did not start with praising you as the best blog writer on earth? You never aproved my comments although i write in a decent and mature way and never used bad language. I really wonder whats wrong? Why people with non sense remarks can be approved as long as they first praise you and not me. Well I will agree with you but not wildly praise you as the wisest man on earth.

  • kc on November 11, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    Bizzare.. Haider says that he only met once with a stranger after 4th oneday. But he was asked to throw 4th and 5th match. At other time he said that he did not do what he was asked to do in 4th match. So, why he insits in only meeting the stranger only ONCE.

    He is a hero and absoultely did the right thing. Shame on PCB for suspending him. Rightly, he could not trust anyone in PCB management. I just hope he is as honest and come tells the entire story. No matter how damaging it is for him or anyone else.

  • Khan on November 11, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    I am completely shocked by how ICC has reacted to the whole situation.Why do they have their heads buried in Dubai sand and not take any initiative to try and protect this guy who fled and lurched the team cuz he feared for his life. Instead of just saying that its PCB's internal matter they should come forward and do something about it.He is an Int'l cricketer for God sake.It seems as if ICC will only take any positive action only if it was an Indian cricketer.its abt time that ICC did something about this.

  • frustraded on November 11, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    What will take Ijaz Butt to resign? I have never seen such a stubborn, shameless, ignorant and ill-mannered person in my life. Zulqarnan may have blown the whistle and a pndora box seems to have opened.

  • Ostir on November 11, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    I can't help but feel sorry for this man. I find it extremely difficult to doubt his sincerity considering all that he has put at stake, yet it seems likely that it will prove impossible to convincingly demonstrate the accuracy of his claims. Terrible.

  • hammad ahmed on November 10, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Our cricket is just reflecting the picture of our nation. We are not borned corrupt but the system is turning most people into. Mr Butt in cricket is a true reflection of Mr Zardari in politics. We need revolution everywhere to sort the things out. I think its not only Pakistani team who has black sheeps but all the other teams also has. Our guys are just too idiots to do wrong things in a foolish way. Cricket is fully corrupted game internationally whether we accept this or not and i dont know what is the cure for this disease. ICC also is a profit making institution only. Its all about money and you wont find any better game than cricket to make money specially in South Asia But why nobody talk about indians why......... because they have power to control and run ICC.

  • Meety on November 10, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    I have complete empathhy for ZH. Who in their right mind would trust the PCB? (Particularly in light of some voices in Pakistan were calling for treason charges of the NOTW scandal a couple of months ago, with the dealth penalty a possible sentence!). I would like to hear his story before I pass comment, but the fact he couldn't go to management raises some serious questions. The sad fact is (again), that once Pakistan start to get on their feet some other crises rears up. I mean what's going on with Kaneria? Funny thing is amidst all this, there really are some "Green Shoots" springing up in Pak cricket, & who knows maybe a charge thru to the 2011 W/Cup Final in India beckons????

  • DepressedPakistani on November 10, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Pakistanis are the laughing stock of the world. Failed nation with nothing to cheer. Just like any Pakistani would run not walk on getting any opportunity to get out, this chap also invenetd a poor reason to run from depressing place called Pakistan. Cricketers are what the nation is, simple as that. God! have mercy on this nation.

  • Fareed Ahmed on November 10, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    MR.Abbasi thanks for writting a sensible article. It appears that no one is happy what Zulqarnan did neither team mates nor people of pakistan. It is very important that he gets a fair treatment here becuase he is giving up International cricket he was on the verge of getting a central contract from PCB. What I could not understand that how he was approached before and after the 4th ODI. ICC really strict the security standards before the series. As a security measure PCB should not allow any players to buy SIM cards for their cell phones by them selves, instead they should provide so they can easily track phone activity. In the end Zulqarnain owe the explanation to the people of Pakistan that what exactly happend in UAE.

  • ram on November 10, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Pakistan is having a Very Bad Spell for some time. It will end by end of 2010....Every dog has his day.

    Whatever u do go wrong!!! at such time. By running way he did what bookies,as he say,wanted.

    Some fools believe this as Stunt to get UK assylum. If atall they had stayed in that Icy country...missing Sunshine and work like donkey as against Aish in Pakistan for International cricketeer,minting money!!!

    Yes jobless like them may look for Entry to UK.

    Funny part: Some say Kamran bhai(MQM style)...Some call Sir? Ab-bassi...forever so.

    By the way Akmal family should have had 11(eleven) boys!!! to make a team Hopefully this will be removed by Moderatuuuuur

    I have seen many who forfeit their Card to get away from

  • sam on November 10, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    Zulqi is a true fighter and certainly a way better keeper than kamran daddoo.& unlike Kamran he holds the dignity of his country higher than anything.He is a straight man with a clean heart.I hope God is on his side and helps him through this predicament.He has the chance of his life to bring all those people down who are trying to put cricket into disrepute.Surely players from the team and def key players from PCB are involved with bookies as well.ICC needs to take this very seriously for someone like Zulqi has taken a very extreme step.This is about time that Butt-head is replaced by someone more capable of running the PCB.According to Intikhab Alam Zulqi has a mental problem.Oh my God when will these people realise to accept their responsibly and not just blame the player in order run away from their priorities.Intikhab Alam could be so stupid i had never imagined.I hope Zulqi gets through this tough time.He has had a very tumultuous life and i hope this time too he steers through

  • hus on November 10, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    somebody please ban the akmal mafia and then all inshallah will be ok....

  • Parvase Majeed on November 10, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    Firstly, this whole issue regarding zulqairnan is very coincidental - on the wave of the spot-fixing controversy?. He is not an influential player and he alone could not turn a match. I am very sceptical at present until more facts are presented. I have not made an opinion on the matter. However, I do question how the PCB can appoint Adnan Akmal as the preferred next best candidate for TEST cricket. His record in the current 4 day tournament is nothing compared to the best wicket-keeper presently palying in the same tournament never to be selected for a pakistan sqaud. Ahmed Said had the most dismissals as a wicketkeeper last year and continues his rich vein of form this year. He has scored two not out hundreds in the first two matches and is ignored by the selectors. WHY!!! I would really hope someone in the media can ask this pertinent question of the PCB selectors. He is a true professional and is above reproach in character - something the pakistan team lacks in abundance.

  • Chiku on November 10, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    well said sir!

  • boomboom on November 10, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    i dont understand why people think what he did was not Right.We have seen people get killed even in the safest of the hotels in Dubai, so why wud he risk his life knowing all this.He is def much safer in Eng than he wud be in Pak or even Dubai.PCB is corrupt & we all know that well.He received a similar threat in a domestic game & after reporting the incident to PCB no credible action was taken & this in the back of his mind made him take such an extreme measure.ICC should have Rashid Latif in the ACSU and i can assure you match-fixing will become the thing of the past.Pak team's security personnel and management comprises of knob-heads and a player taking such extreme steps can never be avoided unless the PCB cleans up its act and creates an air of trust among the players.I hope Imran Khan soon comes into power and completely trsnforms Pak and Pak cricket.Ever since Butt-head took charge Pak crick has plunged further into a deeper hole.With him incharge such thingz will happen again

  • sajid rana on November 10, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    well, the situation is that he has a shrewed mind. being in the dressing room he would have quickly felt that it will be very hard for him to cement his place in the team, so he thought of an easy way to make money and secure his future. go to UK apply for assylum start playing for some county. after some time we all forget abt this guy and he will be enjoying life in UK. i hope that his appeal for asylum gets denied, but it is unlikely as these goras will never leave such a beautiful instance to make pakistan ashamed again!!!. i just hope and pray that he doesnt just give some stupid statement to tabloid like NOTW, abt the involvement of any more pak cricketers in this match fixing drama.

  • Boom_Boom_Khan on November 10, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    As you said Kamran, this guy has worked all his life to be what he was a couple of days ago. He has lived every second of his life fantasizing about representing his country on that plateform. What would it take to for him to quit? I sincerely hope that he blows this whistle and come out clean. I am also secretly hoping that this will help Amir, Asif and Butt in some way especially Amir.

  • Steve Patterson on November 10, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    I agree that this guy has shown courage and if he is being truthful; he deserves all the help that the cricketing world can give him. I really hope this becomes the catalyst for cleaning out wrongdoing in Pakistan cricket. They are guilty of bringing this great game into dis-repute and a 10 year ban from International cricket would seem an appropriate soloution.... maybe longer?

  • Shahzad Khan on November 10, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    This is the best article, I have read about Zulqarnain's saga.

    Personally, I do not like his move either but he deserve fair investigations before we can judge his character.

  • Amy on November 10, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    I wish everyone else who feels moved to comment on this situation was as even-handed and open-minded as you are in your blog. There isn't a need to jump to conclusions at this point, and if Zulqarnain and his family are protected, then the facts can come out and the situation (whether legitimate or not) can be dealt with in an efficient manner. It's maddening to see both the racism and the blind blanket-defense that is showing up in other forums. Thanks for being a voice of sanity in this ugly situation.

  • Ketan Mehta on November 10, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    I do agree with you Mr. Abbasi, if zulqarnain does fully expose what is going on, it might really help clean up not only Pakistan cricket but international cricket as well.

    Even though I admit the cricketers are products/victims of peculiar environment existing in Pakistan, I daresay the environment has been brought out by the people because of their refusal to accept problems as their own creation rather than brought about from outside.

  • aftab on November 10, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Zully is absolutely right to take his safety in his own hands. If Jhakrani wants to safeguard someone, he can go to Karachi. Plenty of work there.

  • ansar on November 10, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    First of all for past six months Pakistan cricket board has made so many illogical decisions one has to question their intentions. Then the players themselves have made mockery of the cricket by doing some strange performances on and off the field. looking at the different series each one has tons of questions that need to be answered. Pakistan cricket board is run by people who cant even run their lives. Haider's decision was right to go to a country and get heard by people who would atleast give him fair trial whichever way it may go. If he is right then no one would sweep the whole thing under the carpet. i personally feel some of the player and the board is involved in match-fixing and they would make sure no one would destroy their little enterprise.

  • bhushan jain on November 10, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    In no time pcb found themselves in yet another controversy.This time it is too nebulous to state the correct facts,But,this will seriously test the ability of icc (in particular).As everyone knows how inept the pcb is,this time too the onus will be on the shoulders of icc & its acu.This is the very first time in the cricketing history tht player has left the team uninformed before touching down the ground.Zulky as known in his cricketing fraternity took a very audacious step to impose self-exile on himself.There are 2 different opinions which are emerging: the 1st 1 is of applause;being a whistleblower he has saved the game frm the curse of match fixing, alongwith,his act also surfaces the query of how deep the roots of match-fixing are there in subcontinent(esp in pak).Moreover,this also prove tht aongwith many disciplinary issues this issue is also beyond the control of pcb. The 2nd 1 is of the trademark opinion of pcb.Without bothering to monitor facts they r again acting hastily.

  • Krish on November 10, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    In a country like Pakistan where players ganged up against captains they did not like, it cannot be ruled out that someone or some people may not have liked Haider to be playing for Pakistan at international level or they might have liked someone else to keep wickets for Pakistan. In such circumstances, there could have been threats just to scare him away or to lure him into the match fixing trap. They may have not bargained for Haider fleeing Pakistan and Dubai and seeking asylum in UK. It is interesting to see what he spills when he is interviewed in UK by the immigration authorities.

  • Sachin on November 10, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Even though I am a fan of Indian team i do want a strong Pak team.This incidence shows us the complete lack of faith and trust by the players on the management and anti corruption system.I completely understand why Haider must've run away.When you do not know who is involved and don't trust anyone this was the best option.If he was to disclose this to the management which, everyone(pak fans included) have serious doubts abt being involved in shady stuff then it was more than likely he wud have been framed for it and his career wud have been over anyhow.Now at least he has built up his credibility because he has nothing to lose now.

  • WiseOne on November 10, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    I think he did the right thing. It seems pretty clear reading this post that crime and cricket seem to be going together in Pakistani cricket. The poor kid must be trying to escape with his life.

    I doubt he will expose much. He still has got a family in Pakistan and the PCB is already making threatening noises instead of being supportive.

  • Aurangzaib on November 10, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    I fully agree with each and every word of Kamran Abbasi. This guy needs councelling and proper guidance and should be left alone with sanctions.

  • Wasif Minhas on November 10, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Well Kamran, I think only a fool can take such an extreme action if he has just started to get wealth, popularity and star value... anybody's dream in developing nations. So, there must be a huge threat which forced him to quit in this manner. Also, we should keep in mind that he was sent back from England tour after he got minor injury to his finger. I guess what has happened now is sequel of that England tour.

  • Mohammad Afzal Baig on November 10, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Walk out from Pakistan cricket with out informing any body is not acceptable. he should not be get help in any from PCB.

  • urchursi on November 10, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    well said!

  • nadeem on November 10, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Guy is an idiot or very smart and who knows what he is upto. This seems chaotic mind.

  • Abde-Ali Bohra on November 10, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    In my opinion Zulqarhain haider must have had left no choice, than the action he took. His body language in the 4th one day, and his 88 in the test, were really determined innings, from a person, who is willing to do, only for the country, and not for anyone else. Perhaps he now knows, many a things, which probably is not the right moment to reflect as worldcup is coming near, but certainly has open doors to find right culprits, and these culprits are dating way back to incidences of Saleem Malik, Hansie Cronje and so many innocent cricketers, who offcourse wants to play for the national team. It is very very hard to get in the side of 11 players from a population of 160 million from a country like Pakistan, and no body would retire when he has just got an oppurtunity. Inshallah Zulqarnain haider, will get back into the side, take his retirement and would play for Pakistan for a long time.

  • Rashid Butt on November 10, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    PCB is showing that it is cleaning house quickly. First they suspended Kaneria and now suspended the contract of Zulqarnain (Kamran Akmal had already warned that Zulqarnain should not be trusted). ICC should recognize PCB for the good work Ijaz Butt is doing. At the end of day, once PCB bans Kaneria and Zulqarnain for life the Pakistani cricket can start new.

    PCB should and will bring back innocent Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir in to the squad with honor soon.

  • Nasser Ali Khan on November 10, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    What a balanced article - "Z may turn out to be an attention-seeker or a scandalmonger but he deserves being listened to" - within an environment free from fear of victimisation and the promise that justice shall be done and the REAL perpetrators be SUITABLY punished. This unfortunately does not happen in our country - we only TALK Islam, we DON'T DO Islam. The whole society is corrupt - for the simple reason that real accountability has never existed in Pakistan. Who knows if the PCB is involved, for starters.

    Full marks to Kamran!!!!!!

  • AF on November 10, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    The second most spectacular career screw up after Basit Ali's ....What was he thinking?

  • Shahid R Sheikh on November 10, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    What will ICC do for us if it subsequently transpires that even if haider was threatened, could it be that behind the whole thing is a Mr. whatshis name from some newspaper company posing as a corrupt bookie this time and making life difficult for otherwise vulnerable pakistani cricketer. Again what has ICC done about the whole incident of Suresh Raina... Why is everyone sceptic about pakistan cricket when Newzealand looses 4 matches on the trot or when matthews and malinga score world record partnerships against australia and that too in thier back yard....

    And what sort of a moronic bookie would want haider to throw the match is he already that important or good a batsman, howcome Razzaq didnt get any of these calls Points to ponder

  • Abdul Waheed Khan on November 10, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Well said Kamran, this is the time where we should consider every bit of common sense of a human being to sacrifice his career at first. The point is Why he is so annoying form bodies governing the cricket and specially Pakistan cricket so he did this mistake i should rather say. He could have many other alternates to this. But Mr Butt's One man show is main problem coming back to Pakistan with no sense of responsibility what so ever. Any way nice article and good analysis of the current situation.

  • Muddasir Lakhani on November 10, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    I think its time ICC addressed the issue of illegal betting markets seriously, rather than continuously shoving this matter under the rug.

    Cricket with its enhancing global popularity is increasing the stakeholder interest attached to the sport; and it seems one of the major stakeholders are the people who are connected to the illegal betting markets. These entities need to be exposed and consequently addressed in accordance with the law.

    May God bless this sport that we all love.

  • Aamir Kiyani on November 10, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi,

    If you were in Haiders situation what would you have done? I am sure someone with a right head on his shoulder would probably do same as what he did. It is not about whether he can trust his board or team mates or not, it is about one's family and I am sure nothing in life can be bigger than one's family, their lives and his own. Afterall cricket is not bigger than family atleast not to me.

    As far as series is concerned, I think regardless of Haiders episode, it was a nail bitter and till the end could have gone either way. As far as ICC is concerned or should I say BCCI is concerned, it has always been partial towards Indian and white players and would not have done anything anyway. See the example of Aamir, Asia and Butt, they are banned because they are Pakistanis. I am not trying to potray a Pakistani image here nor am I trying to defend their actions, since nothing has been proved in court of law yet, they should not be punished

  • Sunny on November 10, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Fully agree with the article. If the facts stated by the disappeared wicket keeper are true, then it is a failure of PCB under which our young players feel so unsafe that they work their own ways out to escape troubles. Our players look like homeless gypsies under the management of PCB. Will our authorities ever provide protection to our players?

  • KAMAL on November 10, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    He is in trouble.pakista management should help him. i also req..pakistan cricketboard.

  • MNJS on November 10, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    The PCB and the corrupt & greedy patrons / politicians are playing a big Hoax on the Pakistani cricket fans. This match fixing has been going on since 1995 with Salim Malik to 2010 with Md. Asif ie 15 long years including murder of Bob Woolmer but what have PCB & the greedy patrons done...only Hogwash..Has anyone stopped PCB patrons from removing the proxy buffoon Izaj Butt or from appointing honest cricketers like Imran Khan as PCB head....The answer is simple....you don't catch a fixer if you yourself is involved...Australia & South Africa took swift action against Waugh,Warne & Hansie Cronje.....This Zulqarnain escapade to London without trusting his own colleagues has amply proved beyond doubt the involvement & greed of higher authorities of the proxy PCB & the corrupt patrons in making money by betraying their own country......just look under your nose & you will find where the great Indian betting bhai is now living after fleeing mumbai & dubai...ha..ha..ha..

  • Shabbir Bheda on November 10, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    I fully agree with Kamran. This young boy did not contact the team management for obvious reasons. There is complete rot in the PCB right from the top. Why was wasim Akram not questioned after refusing to play the World Cup quarter finals against India early in the morning of the match on the pretext of a sore shoulder? Where is Basit Ali's promising career ? Where is Rashid Latif ?

    How about ICC running the PCB on an Ad-Hoc basis and have some people of integrity run it?

  • Atif on November 10, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    i think its an attempt to seek Cricket career in England as it was getting obvious during oneday series that he may not be the first choice wicket keeper in near future for Pakistan, nobody is happy with the way he has handled it, best of luck though.

  • ali on November 10, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    i wish him best of luck.. i hope that authorities in England will help him in every way possible. GOd bless him.. he has takin a very bold step and needs support. people like you and others can make the fans change their mind about wht he did.. i think he did alright.. but i wonder wht is next for him.. the people he is messin with are dangerous.. he needs protection or else he will be gone like.. bob woolmer and hansie..!

  • Zaka Sheikh on November 10, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    In my opinion, this is just is clumsy way of obtaining permission to stay in Britian i.e seeking political asylam. A wicketkeeper is never in a position to fix a match only a Captain as a single person can do this. Politics in domestic cricket starts from school days and is not the reason to leave the country. He simply wanted to settle in Britian and rest is irrelevant and very unconvincing.

  • Vinod Pathiyal on November 10, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Zulqarnain's intention might be to make the concerned (if at all there are any, in pakistan) understand the insecurities of a young cricketer in that side. He is most likely to come back to the team, since he is an above average international cricketer

  • Mohammad Adnan on November 10, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    what else could this young kid do? Because the team management including captain and coach are people with no integrity and have been fully involved in whatever happened in the past.None of them is trustworthy as they can go to any length to maintain their present position.Afridi is prime example. he does not deserve to be in the side. He is only a media created match winner,and has only achieved the present status through manuplation The T.v media in pakistan are playing a very dirty role in this episode instead of praising Zulqurnain for this BOld step, They are presenting him as a deserter.They should focus on the thugs who are running the board for their wrong doings which all started with personal vendatta against younus khan when he was removed from captaincy.

  • karachi ka bacha on November 10, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    I say that his mind is right. He knows that both the Pak team and PCB cannot support him but England can. Hence he has gone to England. I know that his heart and mind is in the right place. It's a shame that PCB and Pak team cannot support a player.

  • Msc on November 10, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Whatever the circumstances were, he should have headed to Pakistan instead of England. The first thing he should do was to inform the security officers in Pakistan Camp or even the ICC security team that was present at the venue. This whole drama has once again turned down the real talent show that Pakistan has and shown in the recent series.

    In my personal view, if he was being threatened than he should get justice and a chance to comeback in the team. In case he is playing and doing his role in this drama then he should be punished severely to set an example for other.

    Adnan Akamls selection as a replacement of Haider is another set back for Pakistani team. The world knows very well what these Akmals brothers are up to and the newcomer won't be any different from his brothers.

  • Paddy on November 10, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    "Threats to Pakistan cricketers are not new, and at the very least Zulqarnain's act will help people outside Pakistan understand some of the pressures that he and his colleagues uniquely face" - Why is that Pakistanis are particularly targeted ? Had the PCB cleaned the mess when the match fixing surfaced during Akram ,wasim , Haq era , Pakistan would not have been in this embrassing situation.India did that by banning Azhar , Jadeja (during his peak) and thus set example for next gen.PCB just fined them , thus mushrooming the fixing temptation.

  • Rat on November 10, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Googly and more googlies, well i would expect some honest straight bats from the Pakistan Cricket team and board. It is time for no more googlies and awkward turning episodes on the turf of pakistan cricket anymore.

  • Ammar Shafique on November 10, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    I think what zulqarnain did was a very cowardly act. If for a moment, we believe in whatever he is saying, it wouldnt make any sense. How can a person be so coward and leave his team, his country, his manager? He is neither a match winner, nor a great cricketer, then why did he receive such threats?

    The fact of the matter is that everyone gets such kind of threats. Its very normal. He should have informed his manager and his security officer and the matter would have been resolved. The real truth is not what we are told. What i believe is that the management knew all about this, infact they advised him to go to London. Bookies were involved but the real people involved were the akmal brothers. Zulqarnain said he took the passports by telling the manager that he wanted to buy a new sim. WHO in this world opens a mobile sim shop at 6am in the morning? He said he had daily allowances from this tour which he used to buy ticket for UK. A player gets his daily allowance AFTER a tour ends!!

  • fahad on November 10, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    I completely agree with what you have said Kamran, he might have been portrayed as a troubled young man; who has been condemned for his actions not only by his fellow countrymen but even his own family. But, these people would have been the first to point fingers if he had actually accepted the bribes from the alleged bookies. He did what he thought was right and taking all the different scenarios into consideration, i don't think i would have done it any differently. At this present time pakistan cricket is in a complete turmoil, hell the situation of the whole country isn't very different either, no one can be trusted. So, even if he did act selfishly, he is not gonna be the first one. Life is a precious thing, fame and respect can be earned again, but if it comes down to a choice between your life or betraying your country..... what would you choose?... hell this young man decided to choose neither, he sure as hell deserves some credit for that!

  • Mo Abbas on November 10, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    We dont need this right now, it took miraculous performances in UAE for Pakistan Cricket to save some face and move away from scandals. We just need dont need anymore of these things. The betting issue, is a bottomless hole and the more you get into this, the worst it will get. We have already lost a super talented bowler(aamir). The inefficiencies of this board and the list of its incapabilities is growing by the minute yet so typical of Pakistan as a whole, nothing can be done to remove this entire board and replace it with managers who can actually manage; control and just simply do their own jobs responsibly. Out of control young players; totally lost board...all these issues are finishing the follwoing of cricket and damaging the name of Pakistan. Zulqernain is another example of uneducated vulnerable young cricketers who lack common sense or the confidence; trust; support systems to survive the evil of the betting lobby. This board, is blind; deaf and mute to everything.

  • Ammar Shafique on November 10, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    I think what zulqarnain did was a very cowardly act. If for a moment, we believe in whatever he is saying, it wouldnt make any sense. How can a person be so coward and leave his team, his country, his manager? He is neither a match winner, nor a great cricketer, then why did he receive such threats?

    The fact of the matter is that everyone gets such kind of threats. Its very normal. He should have informed his manager and his security officer and the matter would have been resolved. The real truth is not what we are told. What i believe is that the management knew all about this, infact they advised him to go to London. Bookies were involved but the real people involved were the akmal brothers. Zulqarnain said he took the passports by telling the manager that he wanted to buy a new sim. WHO in this world opens a mobile sim shop at 6am in the morning? He said he had daily allowances from this tour which he used to buy ticket for UK. A player gets his daily allowance AFTER a tour ends!!

  • Riyas on November 10, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    I think you you are really jumping to conclusions. we dont have any proof of anything this man alleged happened. If a criminal organisation made threats against you the first thing you would think of is how to protect your family and not fly away to a country the other side of the world. If what he says is true and he expects England to grant him assylum the only way he will do that is by exposing the criminals behind the threats. If they were bold enouhg to carryout threats aginst international cricketers what chance does his wife and kids back home have of protecting themselves whens hes run off to England. Zulqarnain is either a liar or a fool. either way i dont have any sympathy for him.

  • F on November 10, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Agree with your article. The menace of match-fixing seems very deep-rooted within Pakistan cricket. Why would someone give up on their otherwise promising career. It appears willingly or otherwise every single Pakistan cricketer has to be involved in this.

  • Akhtar Hussain Buch on November 10, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I think Zulqarnain did the right thing. Somebody who has been dreaming to be part of his country team all those years of struggle and all of a sudden taking a decision to quite is not that easy. But people say as long as there is life there is hope...Life comes first. I think he did a good thing in flying to UK instead of comming to Pakistan or informing PCB officials...It would have been like "hiding yourself in a zoo to save yourself from animals in Jungle...."he would have got trapped anyways had he intimated PCB as most of the fixers are in the team rather than somebody from outside....Afridi/Umar/Razzak/Younis/Yousuf/Shoiab...they are all fixers.

  • Aniruddha on November 10, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Retirement is the new way of becoming a captain in the Pakistani team. Life bans amount to 6 months, proportionate to the average life expectancy.

  • Dr Hafiz Farhad on November 10, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Zulqarnain should expose each,everything and everyone who he knows involved in corruption or match fixing.this is the time to clean the pakistani team from every dirt and rubbish. If he remains silent so he will be considered equaly responsible for the cuurent downgoing situation of pakistani cricket.come on Zulqee this is the time demanding sacrifice.you might not be remain as popular cricketer but you will stay in our heart as hero of nation.those who sell their country`s dignity and respect do not deserve to be called pakistani.we dont want such players even if they make century in every innings or take ten wickets in every innings. we love those who love pakistan

  • F on November 10, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Agree with your article. The menace of match-fixing seems very deep-rooted within Pakistan cricket. Why would someone give up on their otherwise promising career. It appears willingly or otherwise every single Pakistan cricketer has to be involved in this.

  • ASIF SUFI on November 10, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    this has to be the best write up i have ever read on CRICINFO....hats off to Kamran.....passionate,rational,precise and factual...kudos indeed...

  • Wasim on November 10, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Another depressing incident. We dont know yet the full extent of situation but if there is enough reality in it, then ICC should deal with all this match fixing mafia iron handedly.

    It is indeed a serious threat to the very existance of cricket. Fans like us are finding it hard to follow the sport once called 'the gentleman game'!

  • F on November 10, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Agree with your article. The menace of match-fixing seems very deep-rooted within Pakistan cricket. Why would someone give up on their otherwise promising career. It appears willingly or otherwise every single Pakistan cricketer has to be involved in this.

  • Ahmed Saad on November 10, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Let's think about darkest possibilities.

    1. Those found guilty (Amir, Asif, Salman) might have received life threats. 2. They might have asked board to provide security. 3. Board might have denied to provide security, having black sheeps with common interests with bookies and under world.

    What choices are left for players now? 1. Keep playing good cricket at the risk of their lives. 2. Retire and finish their career. 3. Surrender to bookies.

  • Saif on November 10, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    i dont think v need to understand any of his acts that he has done. he left the team, tomorrow he can leave anybody. this clearly shows lack of committment, lack of sensibility, lack of experience, lack of almost everythin that a sportsman should have. He has gone to UK to seek asylum, whatever asylum it may be. this is not how u do, especially when the whole world is watchin u and above all, when so much of up-and-down has taken place in Pakistan Cricket.

    but my opinion on his stand, not for once is a way to deflect the blame off the management and PCB. its full of inept, daft, abysmal, imbecile useless bunch of oldies who have no idea how to run the show. they have ruined Pak Cricket like never before.

  • Sarangan on November 10, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Good article. Forget the Haider incident. Why is the PCB or ICC not taking action on people like regular offenders (Asif or Kamran Akmal) whose name comes at regular intervals. A life ban on a couple of them would put fear in the minds of the cricketers. South Africa and India did that for Cronje and Azhar. The worst part is after every such incident in Pakistan, some people are suspended and some sort of eyewash enquiry is conducted...... what happens after that? All such players are back. Wrong signal from the PCB or ICC.

  • Taimur on November 10, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Kamran,

    Once again, you've written a sensible, measured article. I certainly feel for Zulqarnain. He comes from a very modest background and has experienced personal tragedies which, as you note, he has used as opportunities to give back to others. This year he's given back to millions of Pakistan cricket fans by showing a rare resolve and determination on the field. It is sad to see a potential regular member of the team have to resort to such drastic measures. As you say, we should not judge until the whole story is out but given the farcical state of the PCB, I am glad that he didn't go to them first or we may never have heard any of his story. I think Mickey Arthur's (so far libelous and unproven) assertions, along with the suspicions of fixing in the 2009/2010 Australia tour and the confirmed fixing in England this year are enough to compel me to side with Zulqarnain for the moment. I look forward to a better end for this sad story.

  • Mustafa Zahid from Qatar on November 10, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    It looks like Zulqarnain Haider had no confidence on PCB and ICC. I can understand Haider’s situation, ICC is yet not able to collaborate with security authorities. ICC needs to bring some good confidence about itself into players and officials. Cricket and all other sports should be free from all kind of threats. Concerning bodies should able to provide them practically securities and confidence instead of just talks.

    Still ICC is not able to deliver confidence and trust. We as cricket fans and as neutral judges do not see ICC free of politics and influences. ICC needs to work out the routes of these scandals and should manage proper legal actions against the route causes and people in back ground. I am personally as a neutral cricket fan, is not satisfied with ICC work. They are just after the innocent players; equally they should go after the route causes.

  • nelson on November 10, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    I dont think it has got to do anything with match fixing. It is a prank played by the Akmal camp to make him run away. In comes Umar Akmal for the last match and out goes Haider. Anything can happen in Pakistan cricket.

  • Cricket Lover on November 10, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    For all you guys who are saying this was his stunt, get a grip guys. Why would anyone, anyone flee and seek a U.K visa?? I mean, obviously this chap was scared for his life. From what I see and hear, this guy had his heart in the right place. how many of you guys would just go away from something for which you worked all your life? am sure most of us will not. Support this young chap and for gods sake don't even think Pakistan's reputation has been messed up cause of this guy. Lets face it, we all would love to see a clean Pak team. Hopefully he leads a peaceful life..where ever he ends up.

  • shamshajafri on November 10, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Zulqarnain exit shows lot of doubts. Such decision can not be taken by any player who is promising and showing his fitness for the job. Definitely there is something black in the bottom. I personally support Mr.Kamran Abbasi view. Please dont guess things and take thorough investigation on this drama. Mr. Tafazzul PCB Lawyer should wait and see the picture before issuing nasty decisions. In short Cricket is facing the worst situation in Pakistan. I suggest that Pakistan Government should ban the cricket team for sometimes before ICC takes any such decision.

  • Mohsin on November 10, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Its a right decision because he cannot trust anyone in the team or management because of so many match fixers Waqar , umer akmal ,Imran farhat around him he also has example of Bob Wolmer infront of him life threats or not but he must be facing threats from one of the biggest match fixing family as he is replaced by adnan akmal who avgs 22 in 1st class whereas sarfaraz avgs 42 ICC cant do any thing because changing name from kamran to adnan will do nothing as their father is most popular for his fixing activities in pak

  • Ali Hemani on November 10, 2010, 7:46 GMT

    Very well written article as usual.

    In my personal opinion NO one should blame Zulqarnain for leaving the team.

    If it was external threat only - he should have not left the team.

    If the threat was external plus internal - then he did the right thing.

    When i say internal threat, i dont mean to say that a member of the team or managemnt gave him threat, i mean either a team member or someone from management asked him to throw the match (but no real threat)..... I would consider this as a threat as well.

    I beleive something similar has happned and thats the reason he did not discuss the matter with the management as he did not trust anyone.

    It is his right to protect his life ---- and we all know what these people are capable of doing... Hansi cronje, boob wolmer and many other are true examples in front of us.

  • Asim on November 10, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    I am very much unable to understand, why wouldn't one keep a chance to be a National Hero, money, fame and honor. Why would he want to get a UK citizenship instead of getting every thing by serving his National Team, and if it was a pre-planned, then why did his family refused to be a part of this Citizenship drama, i know the fact that a cricketer doesn't need any kind of citizenship at-least after 2ODI's. All we need to hang many people within the PCB and bunch of thugs in the Government.

  • Mohammed Akram Khan on November 10, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Well said Kamran. This incident will surely let everybody know the difficulty a Pakistan player faces. Not everybody come out publically about treaths, you require guts and that is what Zulkarnain had displayed. But this should have not happend on the important final ODI against South Africa, as this would have affected badly to the whole team and it showed when there were on the field. Never mind a wholehearted career has come to an end as of know.

  • Waqas on November 10, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    I agree with you Mr. Kamran, PCB needs to be more considerate. In fact, it is heartening to see ICC's response to help Zulqarnain. Now compare this with PCB's response who are calling for life ban on the young lad; no wonder Zulqarnain never confided in PCB

  • MZ from Qatar on November 10, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    It looks like Zulqarnain Haider had no confidence on PCB and ICC. I can understand Haider’s situation, ICC is yet not able to collaborate with security authorities. ICC needs to bring some good confidence about itself into players and officials. Cricket and all other sports should be free from all kind of threats. Concerning bodies should able to provide them practically securities and confidence instead of just talks.

    Still ICC is not able to deliver confidence and trust. We as cricket fans and as neutral judges do not see ICC free of politics and influences. ICC needs to work out the routes of these scandals and should manage proper legal actions against the route causes and people in back ground. I am personally as a neutral cricket fan, is not satisfied with ICC work. They are just after the innocent players; equally they should go after the route causes.

  • Shah Ji on November 10, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Its a Circus ,Show must go on. This looks perfectly scripted and well played segment. Good performance. Well done Haider

  • Mustafa Zahid on November 10, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Cricket and all other sports should be free from all kind of threats. Concerning bodies should able to provide them practically securities and confidence instead of just talks.

    Still ICC is not able to deliver confidence and trust. We as cricket fans and as neutral judges do not see ICC free of politics and influences. ICC needs to work out the routes of these scandals and should manage proper legal actions against the route causes and people in back ground.

    I am personally as a neutral cricket fan, is not satisfied with ICC work. They are just after the innocent players; equally they should go after the route causes.

  • Anonymous on November 10, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    If cricket need to be clean then punishments should come from the top to eradicate these betting criminal syndicates. Well this is easier said than done, however extreme measures are necessary if the world want to see the best athletes at their best performing to entertain the cricket lovers like me. I am suggesting ban on all form betting in cricket for a temporary period until this mess is cleaned up. Well people may think I am a lunatic, but then let them provide a better suggestion before calling me a lunatic.

  • Anonymous on November 10, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Bravo Kamran. God bless you. Finally somebody had the guts to tell the truth and disclose the facts. I am a Sri Lankan and not a Pakistani. I have lived in Pakistan for 5 years long time ago and love the food the culture and the ordinary Pakistani’s and the country. You are so brave, even I am writing my comments as anonymous due to the fear of these organise criminals. These criminals have the power that nobody can even comprehend, even this is evident that the other articles under this topic is not even open for comments, only you have the guts to write this and open for comments. I did suspect that one of the Pakistani cricketers would do what Zulquarnain did, however never thought this will be a realty and I take my hat off to this gentleman in so called gentleman’s game. There is no point in punishing these cricketers or rather kids, of course people are responsible for what they do.

  • SD on November 10, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Thanks for writing this.

    Couple of observations: 1. Why Zulqy didnt told the officials of PCB? - because he would have thought that they are also part of it, as once the person approached him, he said to him that he will make his life difficult in the team? How can he say this, if he doesnt have any say with officials?

    2. On Adnan Akmal selection? - Zulqy said "us ko to aana hi tha" He was supposed to be there. This means that he was under pressure for under performing.

    3. Afridi's Comments (from Cricinfo Commentary) "He's resting, we're still trying to find him," says Afridi. "Security is trying to trace him." His Answer actually raised more questions!

    4. PCB's Reaction PCB immediately starting talking of bans and punishments for violation of contract rather then the reasons of such act! and I am sure Zulqy would have known that PCB wouldnt support him or would have gave him a Shutup call or would have threatened him more.

    Thanks.

    SD

  • Venkat on November 10, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Perfectly agree with you. Pakistan cricketers led by Imran Khan should take this matter in all earnest. Young,gutsy, talented cricketers should not fall prey to the system.

    Cricket needs PAkistan cricket in good health

  • Nadeem Sharifuddin on November 10, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    There is no doubt and history tells us that match fixing is there in cricket and will remain there for ever. Its like running a business for the mafia people. What happened to Bob Woolmer and Hanse Cronje every body knows they were killed. Now if some body wins a match by chance and odds goes against that player then mafia will definately make threats to him and its not good for player to first win and then face life threats. But this is business of cricket now. Senior players now that and like in 5th ODI they did not try to win it and let mafia rule the cricket. Its sensible to lose a match then lose life. Haider is not experienced in terms of dealing with Mafia so he got afraid and left cricket . that is simple. Its hard to deal with match fixing people they make you slave.

  • Atul on November 10, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    This shows the Amount of Rot and Corruption in PCB and Pak cricket. This Guy has got the right spirit. i think pak shuld be banned for 1-2 yrs.

  • sufy on November 10, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Yes Kamran u r rite..Corrupption is there in international Cricket not only in Pakistan but all the International teams.While others are clever than Pakistan and Pakistan due to the current Terrorism inside country not able to maintain a stable environment.Young players and talented like Abdul Razakk,Imran Nazir always ignored by Pakistan cricket and failed players like Younis Khan,Fawad Alam given infinite chances even their failed performances.Pakistan Cricket Board is the most Corrupt and run by Mafia...God save cricket as results are fixed before the start of the game which is loosin its craze

  • Ravi on November 10, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    It's very unfortunate turn of events and this chap requires all our support. With Mr.D who runs the underworld under Pak Govt. protection, it is quite understandable why he ran out of Dubai and Pak.

  • Farooq on November 10, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    May be his action is wrong but its clearly says that he does not trust PCB, management in dubai, cpatain and other players. that means there is a fixing for sure and key players are involved in it. Haider is scared to reveal the fact at this time but for sure its a big scandal. so many big players will be in trouble if its really comes out.

  • Praang on November 10, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    ZHs comments that Adnan Akmal had to come in the team gives an insight of his mind

  • asad akram on November 10, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Kamran, I hope he comes out true, save cricket from criminal hands and restore respect of pakistan cricket

  • ess_kay on November 10, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Another drama orchestrated by PCB. They've to somehow earn sympathy ...

  • Aj- on November 10, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Very good article indeed..... this boy got some guts because walking out of international cricket just when thns started working for him is strange...

    Once his family will reach England he will disclose everything....PCB is a true reflection of our government and they are involved in match fixing I just just hope Mr Butt die soon that will HELP!!!

  • Baiju Joseph on November 10, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    I still cant believe that Ejaz Butt is keeping his heels cooling on the chairman's Chair after being through all this mess... !! A person with a little dignity would have abdicated the throne by now... Ejaz is just running for re-election... !! The situation has only worsened during his regime and it is high time, he takes the responsibility for the mess and goof ups that has irrevocably tarnished the image of Pakistan cricket... !! The land of Imran, Inzamam, Wasim and Waqar deserves more respect and a duty-bound person than this old, fat and corrupt diplomat... !! Its high time PCB is freed of politicians and a professional, dedicated board consisting of former greats takes over... ! Its time Pakistan realizes the Cricket is best served by serving people with quality cricket and taking care of the cricketers who carry the expectations of an entire nation looking for the slightest glimmer of hope during these hard times... !!

  • Adeel on November 10, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    I want Akmal's brothers out of the team. It seems that Akmal's brothers with Salman Butt formed the a powerful nexus of the spot fixing in Pakistani cricket team. Now I think, Yusuf run out in the Sydney test was deliberately executed by Salman Butt.

    In any case, I believe that someone from the Pakistani government is also involved in this spot fixing things. That is why they didn't take any action in the beginning, even the Pakistani high commission in England did the trash talk.

    Lastly, can't you pick another wicket keeper other than a brother of Kamran Akmal? It has strengthen my belief the someone from the government's rank is involved.

  • Sherishahmir on November 10, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    The act of Zulqarnain further let down the image of Pakistan cricket in the backdrop of recent controversies. Ideally, he should have contacted the Security Manager of Pak team or the captain or other responsible persons rather had this foolish act of sudden disappearance.

    I think his cricket is over for Pak and unfortunately a talent did self suiside of his career.

  • Ali Vaqar Khan on November 10, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    Zulqarnain Haider should have played the match and then take swipe at relevant authorities involved. It seems no body can be trusted either team mates or PCB. He should have informed ICC atleast. PCB should have given him protection. No players should be allowed to have agents or managers representing them. Bookies and fixers should be kept under bar of jail for good so atleast cricket and players are not very badly disgraced.

  • irfan on November 10, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    agreed,may be he is too young and could not understand pressure.He should have waited for final one day before opting for this extreme move.

  • Rana Asif on November 10, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    His action are worng, once side he said he love country and other hand through country away and goes to England if he true person and love he sould open his moth in same place with out any threating because those who love countries or there mothers they are not throughing them when they need, this time is very bad for pakistan pakistan cricket and he did very worng action. If i have power i will put him jail but i have power to say he is traiter of pakistan he sould need to pakistan cort. because he is the person who make country name bad only to get england passport if he is true he sould have to back to pakistan Rana Asif

  • AP on November 10, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Excellently written, Mr Kamran Abbasi. You have covered every aspect of this scandal. How could he trust his board where its chairman had no idea, or desire to know, about the specific situation haunting Pakistan cricket? Rather, he may have known everything about Pakistan cricket, including the match fixing agents and their complicity with the players and management team.

    I hope someone will reopen the issue of Bob Woolmer's unnatural death that left no clue of the perpetrators. It is very easy to , after so many things happening around Pak cricket, that agents (criminals) or players eliminated him as he knew perhaps everything that was going on. From this point of view, I would strongly suggest that the young Mohammed Aamer should be left scot free - possibly, he was provoked by the other two seniors (Salman Butt and the notorious Md Asif) or even was threatened that his place in the team (or in the world) would be in danger if he did not listen to them.

  • Selim on November 10, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Whatever happened to Basit Ali? The original disappearing act.

  • Ravi Sharma on November 10, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Dr. K. Naeem, you are such a SIMPLETON. To win THIS series, the bookies have to approach who ARE playing THIS series. And to all other simpletons, while Mr. Haider not being the best IS the reason he was approached - just started, short of confidence (shich he defied, good for him), etc. AND GOOD bookies don't need to pay BIG bucks to GOOD players, necessarily. To stop a truck, you don't need to remove its engine. Just puncture it (attack one of the waekest parts). WAKE UP MAN!!!!! Comments from simpletons like you make bookies feel safe.

  • TARIQ GUL on November 10, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Kamran your article is good enough but i would mention here that Haider looks to me extremely coward person.he should not run from team.This is not professional at all.He is not the only one who got threats,it happened with so many players before and now also.But a player should be bold enough to handle it.He should inform team management.but his sudden dissapperance has put pakistan cricket in shame.

  • Addas Khan on November 10, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    This is a very worrying, yet not surprising incident that has taken place.I feel that the move done by zulqurnain is a bold one and very clever as now he can claim asylum in the UK. But now he must reveal all and tell the cricketing world, the cancer that is connected to Pakistan cricket and start to name and shame people that are involved,he must not back down. This does show as Kamran has highlighted the immense pressure our young 'inexpereinced' players are going through, as these cowards dare not go to a Younis Khan or a Mohd Yousuf to throw a game!

  • Shoaib on November 10, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Mr. Zulqurnain, somebody approached you to throw a match and you abandoned everything and claimed asylum in UK? If you think you and your family is at risk which i seriously doubt then why did you go to London to protect them Or you took the plane to London by mistake?

    Besides you are average a player who can't win or lose a match on his own so who was that silly bookie who thought you can throw a match on your own?

    Sorry mate, but i think this is a made up story.

    The Boy need to be in mental health clinic.

  • Ravi Sharma on November 10, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Faisal Khan, WHO instituted you to speak on behalf of the fans of cricket. I am a fan AND you got it wrong. Before the commotion about match fixing, i did not suspect Pakistan. Now, until this is blown over, I have only ONE team to suspect. And it is a shame that it has to be Pakistan because after India, they were my favourite ( I am a WI die-hard fan). I have no reason to suspect anyohter the at this time!!!

  • Jalal Anis on November 10, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    I can't imagine how low the Pakistanis can go. It can only happen under Mr. Butt. He can't even protect his players. Players like Zulkarnien who love their country will always suffer as long as people like Butt is in the helm.

    Shame on you Butt...........

    Its a sad day for all pakistanis. Its a sad time for all cricket fans everywhere.

    I wish Pakistanis people will do something about Butt. How long you will tolerate hime. He is destroying your cricket. Wake up guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Naveed Iqbal on November 10, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Experience voices which are saying that he should turn to PCB first, are not realizing that how can he trust the current boss of the Board? I personally believe the current board is also corrupt and an honest guy can't trust the corrupts. See how quickly they banned him for life? He has clearly voiced threats to his life but nobody in the Board is dare to say a word about it. He has taken a bold step and needs to be understand completely.

  • ram on November 10, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    He did what was wanted, by escaping in the middle of the game

  • Ravi Sharma on November 10, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Faizal BUTT, it is NOT the subcontinent that has trouble with corruption...It is PAKISTAN (you are misreading). It is sad that you are one of the lucky ones to be removed from the mess but the mess seems to stay with you..Why do you think that you have to inclued India in order to make Pakistan look good? Pakistan HAS a lot of good guys. And BCCI does not need to comment. Why didn't you say that ECB or CA are not commenting? Boy your are IMMATURE. GROW UP and speak like someone living in a civilized country. I take it that you are from Glasgow, UK.

  • P Subramani on November 10, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    Haider's leaving the team is very strange. It is not as if the whole Pakistan team is in cricket only for match fixing. In the past they have had others who fought and won for Pakistan under heavy odds. But they were never threatened. So if Haider felt compelled to abandon the team it could only mean that he was in the know about important members in the team who were engaged in match fixing and because they were related to him or were his close friends. Crooks respect a straight-forward person. And that is what surprises me that Haider was threatened. When he talks about his country being everything for him, it could well mean that his proximity to a particular player may have been the reason for his action. He may not have wanted to let his friend down.Besides he is a relatively new entrant. This makes the whole episode intriguing

  • Shahid Akbar on November 10, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Hello English Press! here we go again. Go ahead. Make my day.

  • PlayfromDallas on November 10, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    Intikhab Alam is naive when he said " Haider should have informed the Board" Hansie Cronje and Bob Woolmer were not in a position to inform anyone due to fear of backfire. We know Intikhab Alam can not provide security to any one all he can do follow the code of conduct which is not sufficient to save someone's life. This is understood that people in cricket board care about their salary first then every thing else. Intekhab Alam should know that he is impotent outside the hotel; fix Pakistan's law and order then shout big.

  • Seth on November 10, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    First thing, it may well be the way Haider wants us to believe.

    Two other possibilities: 1) What better way to get political asylum and earn while playing for UK than crying foul and milking the current instability to get UK citizenship.

    2) Well, let me not just say it. It would be too politically incorrect. But I'm sure people can figure out.

  • CricketLover on November 10, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Pakistan has cricket has continued to be in this turmoil for a while. Honestly, their corrupt set up and disrespectful players have let down their fans all around the world. The likes of Shoaibs, the Wasims and Waqars captivated the cricket lovers once once, but their generation has gone and an ugly generation has taken over Pakistan cricket. Perhaps the world cricket is singling out Pakistan in some ways in blaming them for every evil in cricket that is ever heard of. But what continues to disappoint is the spirit from the Pakistani team as a whole. Marvan Atapattu once names the Ashanta De Mel administration a puppet headed by a joker in a media conference in Australia. That served as an exposition of the issues that SL Cricket had. Perhaps the players from the Pakistan team should take a leaf out of Atapattu's book. But as an ex Pakistani fan, Pakistan as a cricketing team needs to be expelled from International Cricket. Currently, they literally 'stink'.

  • Ravi Sharma on November 10, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    It is a SHAME that some call Haider a coward. He did what ANY reasonable person would have done. AND ONLY he knows the extent of the seriousness. THis leads me to "SUSPECT" those comments!!! Are the bookies trying to use crickinfo to dig him out of hiding by making hime feel guilty?

    Mr. Haider, I am sure that you are reading this. Hats off to you. And for the sake of your security, don't be fooled by some of the negative comments here. Those guys can very well be working for ...you know who..If you notice, MOST of the comments are positive. These are coming from reasonble people. I hope this is posted because it is important for your safety!!!

  • sher khan on November 10, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    i am finding it a bit hard to digest his story.

  • MARLO on November 10, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    It looks like as you already have sold your mother-land for life in England. If you were clean and it all was not your trick to find a living in England then you had at least contacted ICC or PCB to inform about the truth. The more time passes without you coming out open, you will lose everything. I hope u never get granted a stay in England.

  • Issun on November 10, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Well there are only two ways of looking at this and both are equally bad for Pakistani Cricket. First is that as a whole Haider is telling the truth, in which case a number of players in the current Pakistan team (a stripped down one due previous scandals) is engaged in Match Fixing. On top of that, PBC is also massively corrupt to a extent that a player is scared to approach officials with right on their side. The other explanation is that Haider is trying to cover something up. Either he has some kind of conflict with match fixers or some set of completely different motives. We can speculate conspiracy theories as much as we want but the fact is that PBC cant keep their house in order. In my opinion Pakistani cricket is just spiraling down to a unrecoverable state and the best thing to do is to quit international cricket for a short period of time. Restructure PBC completely, send everyone home and get new officials, sack all players attached to any scandals. Regroup and start again.

  • Ravi Sharma on November 10, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Is it the right time or is it right to to say that I now start wondering about the Bob Woolmer's case all over again?

  • Sivaram on November 10, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    It is really sad to see Zulqarnain's fate. While so many people are angry and talk negative about Pakistani cricketers, we need to show the human angle to their problems such as this. How can one play cricket under these circumstances. Pakistan machinery needs to go to the bottom of this and eliminate the gangs.

  • Ashok Sridharan on November 10, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Spot on Dr. Abbasi. Corruption is not specific to any particular place or culture. Given the uncertainties that Pakistani cricketers face, the poverty from which most of them have risen and the insecurity they face, one can hardly blame them if they succumb to the temptation of quick money, knowing fully well that their career could be over anytime (look how a legend like Younus Khan has been treated). The real problem is not the players but the men who are running the PCB. Right now even Imran would struggle to run Pakistani cricket.

  • diljaley on November 10, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    haider only wanted to get residence in England. He knew that there is no feauture for him in the team. Its all "Planned Drama".

  • ifti on November 10, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    Yes,,I agree with you,,,He should be given full support to explain himself & of course situation/circumstances, even though, it would be painful in a short term

  • ifti on November 10, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Yes,,I agree with you,,,He should be given full support to explain himself & of course situation/circumstances, even though, it would be painful in a short term

  • RV on November 10, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    It's a shame that none of the media / cricket personalities not giving any prominence to what happened to Z Haider. I am against sensationalism, but there seems to be a lot of smoke behind what has happened in the past week. I don't have any confidence on PCB to take any responsible measures in this case, however it seems ICC are also in similar position... I hope and pray for this player and his family's safety and more importantly it would be good for cricket to get the truth out...

  • hussain syed on November 10, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    well opiniated article, but sir, anyone's mind would be in such a state if they had a father in a coma, lack of financial aid, a family under threat, and the whole nation's weight on their back. What haider did is NOT bizarre if you consider all these factors.

  • caveat emptor on November 10, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    I find it unconscionable that people question the priorities of a man who's life is under threat.

    Assuming there has been no dissembling, and so far no facts have been uncovered to reject that view, Zulqarnain should be given our full support and sympathy.

  • Yenjvoy on November 10, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    What an original and unprecedented analysis Kamranbhai. You have rightly said that Pakistanis are victims. Not only in Cricket but in nearly every walk of life, this sense of victimization prevails. I mean you name it - Terror, floods, earthquakes, economic mismanagement, political corruption, Afghan refugees, education, land reform, military dictatorship and now Cricket - everywhere Pakistanis are victims, plain and simple. The world needs to hear this loud and clear - Pakistanis are victims. You should extend the analysis and discuss the "peculiar environment" that creates so much all encompassing victimization.

  • Aditya on November 10, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Threats to subcontinent cricketers are unfortunately not new. Remember when Sourav Ganguly received threats multiple times -- when playing against Pakistan in Sharjah and Toronto, and also after a series in Zimbabwe in 2001? Not to mention the time during the 1996 World Cup, when Tendulkar and Kumble were threatened before the quarter final against Pakistan at Bangalore. You rightly mention that this latest incident, when seen in the light of previous such instances of threats to Asian cricketers, just goes to show the difficult circumstances under which Asian cricketers play the international game. This is something the English/Australian/South African cricket fraternities have never really understood, because cricket isn't as big in these countries as it is in India and Pakistan.

    I guess it's safe to say that there are many cultural differences within the game, which makes these kind of events difficult to understand and talk about with any generality.

  • khalid on November 10, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    It really shows that the match fixing mafia is so powerful that they have players afraid of their lives! It is shameful for PCB administrators not to provide adequate security and scrutiny for the players. Considering what had surfaced during last series in England, this is a huge failure of the administration. Clearly, other players and administrators must have also come under stong influence of this mafia. He was threaten with his position within the team, says it all. Players must be provided with a third party security as well as anonymous helpline. There should be 24hr curfew on players and all communication must go though a security officer. I know it sounds pretty strict, but situation demands for tough actions for the security of players as well as for the integrity of the game. The current administration of PCB must be fired immediately. ICC must make it a pre-requisite for pakistan. I admire Zulqurnain's actions, in light of his big secrifice unlike others in England!

  • BALU RAO on November 10, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    It is a truly sad indictment on the state of the PCB that a moral, young and upcoming player cannot trust the custodians of the game in his own country. Why did young Zulqarnain flee? It is obvious that he did not trust his own cricket officials and perhaps his team mates.

    The ICC's response in lauding the PCB's efforts as 'impressive' is truly premature. Obviously, it has no understanding of the insidious undercurrents which pervade the world of spot fixing and illegal gambling.

    When are cricketing nations going to react? When a young cricketer or members of his family are killed or maimed? Does the game need more Zulqarnains to sacrifice their careers? I hope and pray that this young man does have a long and successful cricketing career in an environment where he hand his family feel secure and valued.

  • Yusaf Khan on November 10, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Agree with you Kamran. I feel really bad for Zulqarnain; it is really stupid for someone to assume that he gave up his cricketing career to "win" asylum in the UK. As an international cricketer he would have made considerable amounts of money and if he had agreed to the bookies demands he would been a millionaire (like Mohammad Asif) in no time. The facts are that he is a straight forward guy in a weak position who expected absolutely no help from the manager, or PCB (headed by Mr. Butt) or in fact the Pakistan Police. We all know that it was a dispute of this nature that ended up with Wasim Akram's father being kidnapped. In such a case you want to run and keep your family safe. I don't fault Zulqarnain's actions at all - he had to do whatever he did to feel safe.

  • sahas on November 10, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    I agree with you; if he is indeed a whistleblower, it is perfectly understandable why he decided to go to another country (preferably one where the letter of law is more uniformly enforced than in the subcontinent). Him going to PCB would be akin to a mafia informant confiding in the Consigliere! his history suggests an upright young man - we should listen to what he has to say...

  • cowee on November 10, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    it mame pure and somewhere in asain cricket i believe him. What about you THE WORLD. do you?Well Believe it, and give him assyulum.That country is Nothing but corrupted

  • Kamran on November 10, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    Zulqarnain's acts seem suspiciously like someone trying to get political asylum. Lets see the evidence: some stranger walks up to him, tells him to mend his ways and he goes running to the UK. Wow, talk about being a wuss.

    Things are going to the dogs in Pakistan and the PCB is the most incompetent organization of them all. Picture the juvenile outbursts and knee jerk reactions from Butt. Loser.

  • avmd2 on November 10, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    Whom is he kidding ? No one going to buy the drama he created to get UK immigration ( assylum ).Even if he telling the truth, there is a proper way to handle such things, but I have serious doubt on his story. I don't think he will be able to make a come back and don't want to see him wearing the nation color anymore, idiot.

  • Nadeem Salik on November 10, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    What a pity! we can't afford our players protection and confidence. They have to seek it outside. That shows how our players feel about the present PCB administration. Certainly, Haider did not feel comfortable talking to the present administration as they have neither backed nor helped, both mentally and otherwise, their players. Mr. Butt is only interested in saving his "job" and does not care about players or Pakistan cricket. He has just sacked his loyal lot of Wasim Bari and Co. It looks like you have to be over 70 years old to be safe in this present PCB set up. Shame on you Mr. Butt that players seek refuge elsewhere and don't have trust in PCB. I would not be surprised if someone, someday break the story that Mr. Butt himself is behind the match-fixing mafia. How else one can explain Haider's statement that one of the threats was that he will not be selected again? Remember, no player can be selected without personal approval of Mr. Butt (of jokes).

  • anthoniji on November 10, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    "Whistleblowers in any walk of life face being discredited. They are marginalised, lose their jobs, and may experience personal danger. They are quickly dismissed as attention seekers and scandalmongers."

    This is the trick they have always played on the ones who come upfront with the truth. This is an age old formula used by the entities who are manipulating events (even world affairs) for their gain/profit, be it at a humans expense. peace anthoniji

  • Qaiser Rashid on November 10, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    Well said! The matter needs to be explored further for the sake of either party - one is Zulqarnain Haider and the other other is the unknown as well as probable(s).

    On the face value of Haider's statements, he has shown the balls and guts and taken the possible safest rout. However, the job is half done! Hopefully Haider is able to fully expose the true enemies of the game and Pakistan.

    Whether the forces influencing Haider are from whichever origin matters the least here - the faces must be uncovered!

  • Sceptic on November 9, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    I am doubtful if Zulqarnian is an innocent victim here. How likely is it that he would be randomly targeted for something he alledgedly did not do (fix the result in some way) and that his family back in Pakistan would be threatened (from Dubai) at the same time, unless he was involved in some way. My view is reinforced by the fact that he did not approach cricket officials if indeed he was contacted by match-fixing people.

  • Zeeshan Z Khan on November 9, 2010, 23:47 GMT

    Deeply sad and full of anger at the same time on hearing this. We need players who are fighters and put their country first and to lose one in Zulqernain would be a complete disappointment. He has not played a lot but you can see the fighting ability in him.

    PCB is full of spineless folks who do not care a penny about Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket and all the retired players just need some platform to comment on the sorry state but they do not do zinch to improve the affairs (go on the streets and demand change in PCB - just like folks did to get CJ back).

    We can forget Pakistan cricket for at least the next 2 yrs (until the present gov. is at the helm) for they won't sack Butt and if the rumous are to be believed then the next COO of PCB (Mr. Yawar) will take it further down the drain. When will the youth wake up in Pakistan and demand change.

  • Bilal on November 9, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    i dont think it was the smartest thing he did , you're telling me that he dedicated his wins to imran khan cancer hospital and what not but look at what he did , ran away from whatever problems he was facing and then will eventualy make up some stories to get the refugee status in pakistan . I would call him a clever person who made his move at the right time. He knew that hes not a great player to have a stable spot in pakistan so he decided to comeup with this story just so he could have a better living in Uk as a REFUGEE . i think he should be ashamed of himself atleast pakistan is.

  • Syed on November 9, 2010, 23:38 GMT

    You are absolutely right. The current society that we are now living in our homeland reflects exactly what we 've been facing everyday, in every walk of life, a corrupt mindset. Only the righteous with conscience can take such an extreme measure to walk away, from a dream-come-true situation to represent Pakistan instead. I hope the truth would prevail and media will unravel the righteous.

  • mohan Joshi on November 9, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    With No offense to my Pakistan brothers, Pakistan cricket has become a "JOKE", I don't know whom to blame and to be honest, I don't care. Pak players has lost respect all over the world, I don't care what is the situation of PCB is, I don't care who is best replacement for official is, but truth is I don't see effort among players to set it straight for once and all. It seems every player is saving his own butt and just want to cling on with PAK cricket team. Otherwise, if all the players say that we are against it and won't entertain anybody influence in our game otherwise will boycott it (If PCB is the only culprit)...Check this out, bookies were still able to contact players in "ABU DHABI" when they had the big monkey of "SPOT FIXING" on their back that is absolutely "nonsense" and just 'Sick". It is good gossip material and hope India never plays with Pakistan. NOBODY CAN HELP PAK CRICKET, UNTIL THEY HELP THERESELVES. They all are corrupt in core, that why this is still here..

  • Athar on November 9, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Well said Kamran. Hold off on the judgement till he he can explain more but more importantly it is quite understandable that Pakistan's citizen can't be protected from folks determined to harm you. If the PCB with the support of government security agents can't protect its premises for a few short days when 2 dozen intrnational players and a host of VIPs are present (as in the case of Lahore with Sri Lankans) how can Zulqarnain expect security or protection. Just look at the daily killings in karachi and Lahore. ICC and other organizations need to keep that different perspective on state-security in mind then what goes with living in the West.

  • Tahir on November 9, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    i am shocked and disgusted by Zulqr,s attitude and seemingly intentional,pre-planned departure from Dubai to UK.His reluctance to take management in confidence,sneakly getting hold of his passport,breaking team curfew during tour,applying for asyulum in UK and now sudden turns and twists in his alleged story indicates sole purpose of getting political asylum in UK.It is very easy to get sympathy of UK govt who can exploit this issue for their gains.In recent TV interview he alluded to the fact that bookies allegedly contacted him when he was the captian of Lahore.He did not have the guts to disclose issues at that time.I hope that ICC and relevant cicket authorities will take an honest,no-judgemental and fair investigation about the issue and deter scandalmongrers from achieving their goal.

  • Tahir on November 9, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    i am shocked and disgusted by Zulqr,s attitude and seemingly intentional,pre-planned departure from Dubai to UK.His reluctance to take management in confidence,sneakly getting hold of his passport,breaking team curfew during tour,applying for asyulum in UK and now sudden turns and twists in his alleged story indicates sole purpose of getting political asylum in UK.It is very easy to get sympathy of UK govt who can exploit this issue for their gains.In recent TV interview he alluded to the fact that bookies allegedly contacted him when he was the captian of Lahore.He did not have the guts to disclose issues at that time.I hope that ICC and relevant cicket authorities will take an honest,no-judgemental and fair investigation about the issue and deter scandalmongrers from achieving their goal.

  • shahid malik on November 9, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    it is just shameful, it is not a troubled mind it is an infectious mind that has schemed and is gaining full benefit from it. There were many ways of providing safety and security for all involved if he really received any threats, This is the worst possible position that he has put himself into. Good luck to him with whatever his plans are but certainly Pakistan team appears more well balanced without him

  • amir on November 9, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    Appears to me it was a well choreographed exercise. I am not sure, how showing up in UK is going to 'prptect' his family in Lahore. Natural instincts are that a person will go 'home', instead he seems to be very well versed at 'laws of UK and Eurpean Union'. doesnt seem like a spontaneous action.. and right away asking to bring his family to Uk?.... Strange , to say the least... but may be not, a UK citizenship, a cricket career in county cricket that pays a whole lot more, a wonderful 'english life'... looks pre-planned ... and those 'dedications' to the hospital and the victims of the floods.. all sound pretty hollow to me..

  • Faisal Khan Durrani on November 9, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    This is as bizarre as it can get. He did not want to open his mouth in Dubai for the sake of his family, one might ask him, is his family with him now when he is revealing stuff to folks in Britian??? What about their security now?? Or, is it that the goons who are after him will spare his family thinking he is in Britian. Public is innocent but, not fool. I think this circus of Pakistan cricket should be stopped, until the time when we have good governance!! To me, everything is suspicios in cricket these days, from the ICC to the cricket boards. How can you say that in a match only one team is booked and not the other, like in a gang war. So two rival groups of bookies approacing their teams in a match, and both teams try their best to lose a match, and one still has to win and hence his payers become unsafe!! This is whats going on in the mind of a common fan of the game these days. Nothing is clear, I doubt all the stats from these players, even the ones whose have intact repo!!

  • Vikas on November 9, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Zulqarnain's fears are not mostly concerned with either bookies threats or the dysfunctional cricketing board in his country. He wants to escape the prevailing conditions back in his country for a better life in United Kingdom.

  • Tanweer Ahmad on November 9, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    Let us get rid of all players and everybody associated with PCB. We must put what happened in the last few months behind us and MAKE A FRESH START.

    For heavens sake, do not have three brothers in the squad. There may be nothing wrong with them BUT THIS DOES NOT PASS THE SMELL TEST.

  • Amar on November 9, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Kamran mostly looses tracks thru his articles... first time he is able to keep it around senses throughout. Zulqarnain took a step too big and should come out in public with all he knows... else he will be called another of those insanes... and his sacrifice will go waste.

  • Prashanth on November 9, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    While I agree with you about the manner in which we need to perceive the wicket keepers actions and wait to hear his side of the story completely, your lamenting about Pakistan cricketers not being born corrupt and more so being victims or products of the peculiar environment is despicable to say the least. No one is born anything. Values are ones conscious choice in life. To attribute ones moral compass to the prevailing social conditions is to simply be petulant. It only suggests the lack of thought and nothing more. This is true of every human being, whether born in India, Pakistan or any other part of the globe. There should be no sympathy for a subverted moral compasses, irrespective of nationalities. Mr. Abbasi, I find such excuses offensive to the common intellect.

  • Abhi on November 9, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    great article

  • Prashanth on November 9, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    While I agree with you about the manner in which we need to perceive the wicket keepers actions and wait to hear his side of the story completely, your lamenting about Pakistan cricketers not being born corrupt and more so being victims or products of the peculiar environment is despicable to say the least. No one is born anything. Values are ones conscious choice in life. To attribute ones moral compass to the prevailing social conditions is to simply be petulant. It only suggests the lack of thought and nothing more. This is true of every human being, whether born in India, Pakistan or any other part of the globe. There should be no sympathy for a subverted moral compasses, irrespective of nationalities. Mr. Abbasi, I find such excuses offensive to the common intellect.

  • chris on November 9, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Thats right Kamran. Lets wait and hear what he has to say. Can we postpone the article writing and analysis part till that time?

  • nasdaq on November 9, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    U know what Lahore Incident did hurt, Lords match fixing scandal did hurt, But this one ripped the heart out of me.

    This what we have come too? I mean we just cant do 1 thing right in this country and people who do want to hold the right path are treated like that.

  • Tharrak Khan on November 9, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    This is childish! When will PCB stop recruiting spoiled children causing damage to Pakistan. Pakistanis face daunting challenges to explain it is about just another cricket. But they remember PAKISTAN before cricket team. Ofcourse this is Pakistan's national cricket team. So, authorities should take serious steps to curb such behaviours. This has put Pakistan cricket inch closer to be banned by ICC.

  • CricLover on November 9, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    I rlly feel bad for haider! hes a rlly good player! i mean if he wanted security for his family it should have been provided! he didnt want his family to be hurt! (he already lost his mom when he was 12) poor guy! It sad to hear that a cricketers career getting flushed down the toilet cuz of some bookies and death threats! CRICKET NEEDS TO GET CLEANED UP!

  • fool_hardy on November 9, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Please ghost-write a book for Haider on this episode. I'll buy it :-)

  • KAK on November 9, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    ICC must step up its game against the illegal betting. It is hurting the game. It is not sufficient to put pressure on the participating boards to get their act together. ICC must provide them support on the same.

  • M on November 9, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    A very fair article. If pak sends his family to the UK, the core issue is going to surface.

  • arvind on November 9, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    Wow! Kamran Abbasi you rock man! A young keeper with every possible kind of corruption, threat, mis trust all around would not of course want to trust the system, the board and the politicians in the country! He wanted to run away without seeling his country, endangering his family and himself. He did not have much time and many people to trust! The respected senior players like Imran Khan (my idol), Wasim Akram, Waqar needs to jump in and take control of one of the great cricketing nation ASAP. Mr. Butt has already embarrassed the country with his action and loud mouth.... no one trusts him anymore.... he needs to go for not only for Pakistan's cricket but for the cricket fans the worlde over! I feel bad for the players now, knowing what they have to go through. I have some sympathies for Aamir and Salman Butt but sorry none for Asif (he's been given too many chances already). I do not think an investigation committee will serve any purpose otherthan to let the topic gather dust.

  • Tufail on November 9, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Totally agree. People have been too quick too judge this young man. Some of the statements from 'greats' of the past like Asif Iqbal have been too harsh, especially when you consider that this player's life and that of his family may have been under threat....shame on them.

  • very concerned on November 9, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Kamran you are absolutely right. We can't be hasty in passing judgment against Zulqarnain at this time. If and when he feels comfortable he will tell all to the world and that's why he went to UK instead of Pakistan. Come on.. Cricketer or not, no one is safe in Pakistan these days not even in a mosque or a shrine!

    We need to be patient with him and empathize with his situation.

    Strange thing is Tour manager Alam has already passed judgment against him by saying that he has done a terrible mistake. Excuse me, if he doesn't trust your management or the PCB or the country where he was playing in, then I guess he took the perfect action by leaving for UK, so that he can be safe and where he has a chance to be heard and vindicated.

    Let the truth prevail, people don't just throw their careers away like that. Some people even have suggested that he is looking for political asylum. Since when he has become a political figure to seek such a thing!

    I pray that he and his family are safe.

  • Sam Moorthy on November 9, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    Pakistan is an exciting, combative team and adds a lot to the game. Therefore, anything that interferes with and stops the Pakistan team from performing to potential must be everyone's concern. Haider's actions might be extreme, but serve to (once again) highlight the need for a thorough investigation. The PCB first, and then the ICC must get to the bottom of things, and quickly. Wagging a finger at Haider for not having gone through proper channels or alerting the ACSU achieves nothing. Only Haider knows what was at stake. As Abbasi points out, Haider's troubled mind is the strongest indication yet of how deeply Pakistan cricket appears to be affected. The PCB needs to do more than show postive intent - it needs to act. We are waiting.

  • Majid on November 9, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Why all such things happen to Pakistan only?

  • arvind on November 9, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Wow! Kamran Abbasi you rock man! A young keeper with every possible kind of corruption, threat, mis trust all around would not of course want to trust the system, the board and the politicians in the country! He wanted to run away without seeling his country, endangering his family and himself. He did not have much time and many people to trust! The respected senior players like Imran Khan (my idol), Wasim Akram, Waqar needs to jump in and take control of one of the great cricketing nation ASAP. Mr. Butt has already embarrassed the country with his action and loud mouth.... no one trusts him anymore.... he needs to go for not only for Pakistan's cricket but for the cricket fans the worlde over! I feel bad for the players now, knowing what they have to go through. I have some sympathies for Aamir and Salman Butt but sorry none for Asif (he's been given too many chances already). I do not think an investigation committee will serve any purpose otherthan to let the topic gather dust.

  • Irfan Durrani on November 9, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Rightly said! It makes me sick when people just take his decision lightly and say he's a coward. It takes a lot of courage and guts to walk out of an international career he worked for his entire life possibly more courage than playing under threats. He knows better than anyone else that he wont be trusted with Pakistan cricket again and still he chose this path. Where I am sad that he had to quit this way, I wish him best of luck for his future.

  • Ahsenullah on November 9, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    IMO, what happened to Haider is most likely very similar of a threat that was received by the three players during the England series. So long as there is money to be made over game outcomes, these sorts of things will continue to happen in competitive sports the world around.

  • Zakir Khan on November 9, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    he got ''some threats'' and rather than taking it with the team management, or for that matter ICC(who are headquartered in Dubai which is one of the safest place in the world),the next thing he did was jetting off straight to UK bcoz he was not feeling safe in Dubai or in Pakistan.it doesn't make any sense mate. three players,who were apparently selling their country's pride for few bucks and were exposed to the whole wide world are back in Pakistan and are safe and sound(rather have the guts to ask public to support them against their suspension),how on earth should one believe this guy?I feel he heaped further humiliation on his country just for monetary reasons.as some of the recent reports suggests he was involved in some controversy on a tour to Dubai in 2006, not to forget that he was fined for breach of discipline a night before he left the team hotel for England. so Kamran be careful before you reach some conclusion.this guy definetly need to answer some questions.

  • aneeb on November 9, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    well said

  • Salman Aziz on November 9, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    If what he says is true his leaving probably was the only option. Once secure he then should inform the ICC, PCB and the police in England so that the culprits are arrested.

    I have a feeling Pakistani players have a mistrust for PCB and probably some of the team mates.

    One can trace these issues to the way the country is being run by the political and military leadership.

    I do hope a full inquiry by ICC will lead to the cleaning of the PCB and the Pakistan cricket team.

  • Hmm on November 9, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    I dont know but my instinct are saying that someone should look into the affair of Akmal brother. In all incidence is there but dont appear be involved, but somehow get all the benefit of the situation...

  • Tasawar on November 9, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    well kamran i am a very big fan of your articles ,,,,,your observations in this article are very close to reality.. ihave some quesions which need to be answered an the case of zulqurnain will be solved.

    (1)As you said "It takes guts, extreme provocation, or both, to walk out on an international career, something you have worked all your l...... .I agree with you that but In my opinion he was feeling unsafe to get a permanent place in Pakistan team so he thought it easy to get Asylum in UK and get a bright future there plus he is saying that his family is also getting threats so there seems that he wants his whole family to be settled in UK.

    (2) If its true that he is getting threats,,, just answer me who will get benefit if zulqi don't participate in International cricket,,, its Akmals.

  • Syed Mubarak Jawad on November 9, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    I agree with Kamran Abbasi that Zulqarnain needs to be judged according to the extraordinary circumstances of his sudden departure. He needs sympathy not censure.Zulqarnain's flight to safety only confirms what has always been suspected that there are more sinister people involved than mere betting syndicates. Instead of censuring Zulqarnain, I hope his supposedly indisciplined act of not informing the team management and leaving is considered compassionately as we can understand the emotions when there are threats of mortal danger. This incident will force the authorities to look at the case of Salman Butt, Amir and Asif from a different perspective. It is quite possible these guys may have got the threats too, especially a talented youngster like Amir. This is all due to the increasing dominance of materialism which is driving people to only think of money and nothing else. God save the world from this crass materialism and breaking down of ethics, morality, humanity and conscience.

  • ameerullah on November 9, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    A week that promised to deliver the right kind of headlines for Pakistan cricket has once more deepened everybody's sense of bewilderment. Zulqarnain Haider's covert escape from the international squad and his arrival in England has quickly banished the euphoria of two nail-biting victories over South Africa.

  • Saif Qazi on November 9, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    i dont think v need to understand any of his acts that he has done. he left the team, tomorrow he can leave anybody. this clearly shows lack of committment, lack of sensibility, lack of experience, lack of almost everythin that a sportsman should have. He has gone to UK to seek asylum, whatever asylum it may be. this is not how u do, especially when the whole world is watchin u and above all, when so much of up-and-down has taken place in Pakistan Cricket.

    but my opinion on his stand, not for once is a way to deflect the blame off the management and PCB. its full of inept, daft, abysmal, imbecile useless bunch of oldies who have no idea how to run the show. they have ruined Pak Cricket like never before.

  • Faisal on November 9, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    I have sympathy for this boy. but he is behaving like a child. he thinks he is a club cricketer and can make claims as such without causing headlines in the world. may be he does not understand what he is implying by doing this. I hope it goes well for him, Pakistan Cricket and people of Pakistan.

  • Zia Khan on November 9, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    I have sympathy for him. and like kamran said its not always easy for Pakistani players.

    I wish him luck and hope to see him in the field again.

    in his short career in international cricket he has shown guts to try to play the best possible inning for his country and his team for that I thank him from my heart

  • Muhammad M Khan on November 9, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Sorry, my previous comment was written from my blackberry and had a few typos, please re-read. If not for the sake of a players saftey then for the sake of avoiding a law suit, I seriously hope both the PCB and especially the ICC handle Zulqarnain's case carefully. The kid is outright telling the entire world that he was approached by ...a guy (maybe more) to fix matches and he went against them, he now feels he and his family are in danger. If the ICC gave a darn about keeping the game clean then they have step up beforel the kid or someone from his family is harmed. This is your chance ICC/PCB to cowboy up and do the RIGHT thing.

  • SHIVA on November 9, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    abbassi if you truly empathasie with zulqarnain u need to rephrase the title of your article which may mislead the reader to believe that zulqarnain has some sort of mental issues

  • A Qureshi on November 9, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    Agree with the stance of the writer. Zulqarnain perishing from the international scene has surely brought bewilderment to many. It has allowed people all over the globe specially those following cricket and are well wishers of this game known to be the GENLEMENS' game to grow doubts about Pakistani players and cricketers. But no one of us can guage about position of the wicketkeeper. Although the story seems dubious as why the most junior player in team has been selected for the fixing yet it can be understood that for bookies a junior player is more easy to be handled. The strange escape of Zulqarnain has also unfold another aspect regatrding scripted matches that not every cricketer is intended to fix the match or spot whatever but the looming communications from bookies may comple them to do accordingly. ICC should take a serious, not only Pakistani cricketers are involved in it, the big mafia is working and it can only be eliminated by collated efforts of all cricketing nations.

  • Ratheesh on November 9, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Pakistan loosing all gutsy players, next is misbah ul haq, looks like they dont want him to play at all.the way the team mates reacting to him looks like he's an outcast. Bring someone like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram or Miandad to show the way to these most talented players in the world.

  • Sai on November 9, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    May be felt really threatened? We all know that the PCB is not that promising when it comes to player security. It is about time ICC lends a helping hand to PCB. Also instead of sending undercover agents to trap players, the ICC should think of something to stop potential bookies from getting anywhere near the players.

  • A Qureshi on November 9, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Agree with the stance of the writer. Zulqarnain perishing from the international scene has surely brought bewilderment to many. It has allowed people all over the globe specially those following cricket and are well wishers of this game known to be the GENLEMENS' game to grow doubts about Pakistani players and cricketers. But no one of us can guage about position of the wicketkeeper. Although the story seems dubious as why the most junior player in team has been selected for the fixing yet it can be understood that for bookies a junior player is more easy to be handled. The strange escape of Zulqarnain has also unfold another aspect regatrding scripted matches that not every cricketer is intended to fix the match or spot whatever but the looming communications from bookies may comple them to do accordingly. ICC should take a serious, not only Pakistani cricketers are involved in it, the big mafia is working and it can only be eliminated by collated efforts of all cricketing nations.

  • Subbu on November 9, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    I believe that what he did was right. At least it will put the corruption in Pakistani cricket on a new perspective. if after all that match fixing issues, somebody is able to freely approach a particular player without approaching the others and threaten in public, there definitely has to be a hand of somebody in the team / board. Hopefully seeing his commitment for sincerity the black sheep will come to the forefront or seeing this new talent will stop for Pakistan and that will urge PCB to find the black sheep.

  • rabbit on November 9, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    so many questions and no answers. was he really threatened or was he a part of it? why would someone threaten just haider and noone else especially given he was just a tiny fish and didnt seem too talented to change a game on his own either. why have other players except haider not been threatened? is he just a coward and over reacting because some bookie approached him? why didnt he go to the team authorities? if he was so scared why didnt he just pull out of the last game instead of running away to UK, and retiring from cricket?

    lot of questions, no answers...

  • Shahzad on November 9, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    No matter what, Zulqarnain's is dissertion and I condemn it being a sport loving Pakistani, living in today's Pakistan facing more intense situations than his.

  • Usman on November 9, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Classic case of Pakistani wants to settel in UK on assylam bases, and this is just an excuse, he knew that Akmal will be back and he has no chance in the long run and doing this drama....i pitty such people, he was caught drunk when he was 19 in Dubai and now this drama.....This is a perfact cover to seek asalym in UK and he might even get it since it's all over the media and not just that he has already asked that he wants his family in UK as well lol.... comon people do you really believe that he could not go to anyone in Pakistan team or to police or PCB, ok i give the benefit that no one trust PCB but he could have spoke to Waqar or Afridi and trust me guys Pakistan is no that week that police would not support him, on top of it some guy approached him in Dubai and asked him to loose the match or else they will hurt his family and he is soo scared shit that he runs for his life, this is just bull crap.

  • ali_a on November 9, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Not sure what to say, but its bad news for Pak cricket. With Pak in the news for all the wrong reason, this just adds more fuel to the whole thing of fixing. I am not sure what are Zulqarnain's motives? To seek asylum, beacuse it looks from his interview that he's been coming to England and know some of the rules. The question I would ask is when we go to a foreign country, we don't make friends that fast, how come most of these cricketers have friends in places like UK, UAE when they're mostly new- take Mohd Aamir in Eng, Zulqarain in UAE? PCB should be looking into some of this, I suspect most of the bookies must be their close friends? I agree with your Kamran, if Zulqaranain is innoncet, he should go all the way to expose this web- even if it involves exposing cricketers. Otherwise, it will continue to add doubts in people's mind about every victory or loss. If Pak cricket does not put its house in order, I don't see any chance in next WC. I think writing is on the wall..

  • Anand Kumar on November 9, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Really SAD to see the state of Pakistan cricket. It seems day in and day out they are hitting the rock bottom. It has completely gone out of the hands of the pakistani management. What Izaz BUTT has to say now? A cricket didn't report to his own manager and followed his own suit, I believe it shows a complete lack of respect and faith on the management from the cricketers or may be the management is not capable enough.

    How long pakistan cricket remain in denial mode? How long they will blame everything to a conspiracy against the PAK land of Pakistan? enough of all that. Time to cleanse the system guys...

  • Bishan on November 9, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    I agree! There seems to be some systemic problems within the PCB that needs to be dealt with. If I were in a situation where I feared for my life and knew that I could not trust the people in the PCB I too would have traveled to a place where I feel safe before confronting the people and issues that are causing the problem. We need to give this young man a chance to explain himself before rushing to judgement! www.ethical-leader.blogspot.com

  • Anis Sajan on November 9, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    Dear Mr.Kamran Abbasi,

    I read your article again and again about Zulqarnain Haider and feel sad that such a gutsy player vanished due to threats. What does a 24 year old player do if his family also his threatned? What sort of security PCB would hv given him had blown the whistle has you hv mentiond in your above article? Life of your loved one is more precious and much bigger than cricket.

    I want to ask you sir if your family is threatned when you are too young, what would you do? Go to the PCB and complain wherein its the same board which has treated so many players in the past unfairly. Its the PCB board I would squarely and largely blame for Haiders hasty act. How can the Passport be given to a player to get a local telephone sim? Who is responsible here sir?

    Haiders carreer has been ruined by PCB so pls dont blame his troubled mind. Sometimes the heart makes you think before the mind and I believe Haiders heart gave in for the safety of his family members. Anis Sajan

  • melanie on November 9, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    Pakistani cricket is like a Indian TV soap. They have all the mirch masala, rona dhona, gloom doom, all the scandals and a sprinkling of happy moments interspersed here and there. I am not deriving any sort of sadistic pleasure in the current state of affairs of Pakistan cricket. But honestly speaking its all too funny. Pakistan makes cricket appear more than just a sport and worth watching and following more. Infact due to such scandals cricket(read longer durations of the game) has been able to hold on to the attention of the young generation, who otherwise would have totally switched over to other fast paced games or formats. Keep it up Pakistan. Without you there is no humour in cricket, where otherwise people get banned for matches for things as trivial as swearing at other players.

  • Omar Hussain on November 9, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    It is a sad,sad pity that a wholehearted and patriot cricketer has been ran ragged by hoodlums AND the PCB.What kind of cricketing management is this who cannot protect its players on foreign tours?Are these the same tactics employed by the Zardari govt. to threaten or eliminate its opponets.The boy sounded scared to life.He could have gone to PK. but he chose the UK because he felt safe there.I shudder to think if he other players are also manipulated likewise and give way to threats with the booty going to Zardari and his croonies??? Has PCB sunk so low that our talented cricketer have to play under death threats?No wonder even after that Raqzzaq miracle he is not recalled to the Test squad,if anyone deserves to play in a Test for PK. it is him!We have lost a courageous player in ZHaider.Allah protect him.

  • sajid on November 9, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    what's going on? Threats because of which he could not go to his home country and flew to London. Bravo you are safe now. But what of your family?

  • Nick on November 9, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    This is getting scary. What the hell is going on in Pakistan cricket?

  • Dinesh on November 9, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    Absolutely correct!

    All the so called bigwigs: Hold on to your criticisms till we all understand what happened here. The man felt threatened and left his team - now is not the time to criticize his actions. Obviously he didn't feel like the ACSU or the ICC was the first place he should go to. It's important that he feels protected first before we can start throwing arrows at him! Good article!

  • saeed on November 9, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Seems like the game of Cricket is very much being influenced by an invisible Mafia. It also appears that Pakistani players unfortunately are most vulnerable targets at the moment. This influential Mafia could have connections inside ICC, inside PCB, and perhaps inside other Cricketing countries, and thats why, when you are one of those Mafia targeted individual, you just don't know who to trust. However, good people are always there in every cricket board and cricketing association who may rise up to occasion and put the sanctity back in control. The spirit of the game and the ambassadors of peace "The players", will prevail.

    What's interesting to me is to understand what makes "Mr. Haider" so sure that the threatening man or men were actual threat(s). Or was it someone just trying to scare him. Has he seen them before or he knows about them? And not everyone in the team is untrustable to avoid everyone and just fly over to England.

  • Jasim on November 9, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    I believe Zulqarnain is being truthful. Match-fixers are not only rich but very dangerous and powerful. I can understand why he didn't take the PCB in confidence because the PCB is not just a total failure, but it might very well be involved in the fixing of matches and threatening of players. Unfortunately, honest, hardworking and match-winning players like Zulqarnain are what Pakistan cricket team needs. But there is something about the PCB that players like him either never get selected, or are sent home with the lame excuse of injury or sent away through life threats.

  • Nayyer Raza on November 9, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Excellent article. Very much to the point.

    We are lucky to have atleast one honest player (Zulqarnain Haider) in the team.

    This definitely explains how he was brought up by his family. All the other thugs including Asif, Salman Butt, and Amir are a disgrace to their nation and family.

    May God protect you Zulqarnain Haider!

  • Shahid on November 9, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    Lets do some guess work. What if he got threats and at the same time he gets to know that some of the big guns in PCB, some players, or even some one in Islamabad or Dubai is the big boss. Would you not than run away from all this and even shut your mouth for the sake of your family back in Pakistan. I believe its all rotten on a bigger plan. I think there are some prominent politicians, PCB people, ICC people and else are involved in a very big money game. ON THE OTHER HAND....why Zulqanain who is not worth it as a player. Are all others already on their payrolls? Is tour management involved too???

  • VenkyR on November 9, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    He really sounds like a good guy to me. As you said, his heart's in the right place.

    But I understand the pressure and fear that may envelop this young man if he's not used to it.

    Let's help him! Get him back on the field and help him realize his full potential.

  • izaz haque on November 9, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Right on! PCB needs to be embarrassed beyond belief that another one of its young stars (thinking Amir as well) was left to fight off the sharks and big money mafia on his own. It's embarrassing that Z. did not trust his team mates, his coaches, his cricket board, and even his own country with his predicament. He had no one to turn to, so he went to England, leaving family and friends and fans in the lurch. PCB's leadership should resign now, if ever.

  • Aritro on November 9, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Just to be borne in mind that this is not a cash-fat T20 brat. This guy is not a superstar, and yet he had it in him to let go of his career, and seek asylumm, with only his match-wages to support him. His mind will be unravelled (pretty soon, I pray), but spare a moment for the scared kid.

  • Raja Saeed on November 9, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    "....he deserves understanding. It takes guts, extreme provocation, or both, to walk out on an international career, something you have worked all your life for and dreamed every night about." are really the comments i would always support and appreciate. Regardless of what "OPPOSITION" Pakistani cricket is facing, I encourage Zulqurnain & anybody else from the lot to stand up and fight to expose the BAD PRACTICES involved in the game.

  • zee on November 9, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    First of all I am unable to understand the act of youngman, he did not consulted anybody even his family, and took a huge step. Secondly he said he consider Pakistan as his mother, and can't sell his mother, its shows he cares for Pakistan, but running from his country like this does not support his words, he should stand like a brave soldier, and make sure to unveil all culprits. We might get some more surprises, lets see.....

  • Ilanks on November 9, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    Actually, it's time the ICC banned Pakistan from cricket indefinitely. As much as fans would like to forget one incident after another, Pakistan cricket never ceases to unearth newer more disturbing troubles. Obviously, Pakistan cricket is mired in serious issues that have ruined its credibility and threatens to ruin the credibility of opponents who play the game against Pakistan. It is quite probably a problem that is deeply rooted - I have absolutely no faith in any result produced in a match involving this country any more. There should be a complete revamp of the cricketing landscape in that country. May I suggest a revamp of the politico-cricketing landscape, as it is obvious there is more to sport (in unwanted ways) in Pakistan. Ban Pakistan... let the country right itself, let cricketers and the clowns who run the sport realize there is no place for corruption. Renewed and revamped Pakistan Cricket, say 5 years from now, will be good for everyone.

  • Asim on November 9, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    I am wondering why this was happened to ZH who is not a regular member and this was his first serious,this lead to me a conclusion that,If ZH is true then I wonder how many other players are connected to this network

  • Malcolm on November 9, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    You've got to take your hat off to this young man who appears to have an impeccable moral compass. I salute you young man. If more international sports-people did the same we'd have more trust in the results of sports events.

  • kaleem on November 9, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Probably he knows he cant stay in teame as first choice wk or even he is not sure of place in paksitan team,as he is from a very humble background that why he might seek asylum in uk to win bred n buter for his family.

  • Mohammad on November 9, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    I agree with Haider's decision. I also believe his family should be given asylum as soon as possible. Until his family is protected I do not expect him to reveal more. In Pakistan, his family has no protection as the whole system is corrupt, and who knows how deep the roots of match fixing is and who are the people investing millions in business. I also do not believe Pakistani players are part of it by choice but they are forced too. They want to win for their country just like Haider but its only good if you are alive. this incident happening in UAE gives more proof of its root being there.

  • Patrick Clarke on November 9, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Cricket must have sunk to a spectacular all time low if these allegations are actually true. It's implied that Zulqarnain's life is in danger because he failed to throw an international cricket match! This is a condemnation of the ICC's total and abject failure to confront corruption over many years and puts other recent scandals such as those that engulfed Pakistan's recent tour of England and the mysterious deaths of Bob Woolmer and Hansie Cronje in a new and much more sinister light. Only a root-and-branch purge of the sport, probably by a Legal Entity external to cricket itself will have any chance of success.

  • Zalim on November 9, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    For Pakistani players, there seems to be more pressure off the field than it is on. Pressure to perform or get sacked, pressure from the bookies and death threats, expectation from the country, pressure of management that is not really dependable. How come this only happens to Pakistani cricketers only? Are we the only one for sale? I am sure that the management is also involved with these bookies. Heck...I bet there is a 10% cut for our pattron in chief from all the booky earnings. The whole system is corrupt and from top to bottom, everyone is getting their share of cuts. I am really really disheartenend by the recent events in Pak cricket. Intikhab Alam was the manager of Pak cricket when Pak won the 1992 world cup. 18 years later, he is the manager again? Wasim Bari has been sitting in the board for past 25 years...can we please get new people and let go these old hogs. One coach we had, mr. woolmer...died. What on earth is going on in Pak cricket.

  • W. Alam on November 9, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    it really sadens me to see pakistan cricket in such disaray, i will not blame or listen anyone blame Haider for what he did. Family comes first and so does your country. I really wish some one can step up and put an end to this non sense we call cricket board in pakistan.

    i plead to the fans of cricket to support our youngsters and help them find the right path and eliminate those who underestimate the power to truth and good sportsman ship.

    good article sir, glad to see that once crickinfo didnt go all against Pak cricket.

    by the way i am an INDIAN FAN.

  • Riaz Cheema on November 9, 2010, 17:33 GMT

    Zulqarnain should be punished right away for his behavior. He is playing in the hands of Indian lobby. Pakistani players and board have all been willified wrongly. Great example of this injustice is Salim Malik who was banned. Recently it is our super-honest players Salman, Asif and Amir. Pakistani cricket has already found the person responsible for spot fixing and he is Kaneria, he should be banned for life, fined and sent to jail for a long time. The second person who is responsible for all pakistani problems is Zardari. it is because of him that even a super-honest gentelman like Ijaz Butt is getting a bad name.

  • Piyush on November 9, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    How is playing in Abu Dhabi or Dubai any different from playing in Sharjah. If Pakistan has to distance itself from match fixing, they should stop playing in these lawless venues tailor-made for match fixing for the sheikhs and rich expats.

  • ahmer on November 9, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    At least he has guts to stand against what is morally wrong. Who knows that this is the begining of a long road to clean up pakistani cricket from match fixers.I am sure if any cricket lover analyze the last four or five years of pakistan's international matches they would know that lot of cricketers are very much doubtful of being match fixers. Anyway I wish the best for zulqarnain if he is right.

  • OJ Khan on November 9, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    let's look at the background of his act: His four odi appearances against SA showed his inability to perform well. He knew with his education and skills will not earn him a decent living outside Pakistan cricket. He still had one month of UK visa left valid from his last summer trip to UK.

    He staged this dram to walk out of final match to fly to UK for an asylym to secure his future. I think he is too immature to do somethign like that... he'll be eventualy be back to Pakistan only to face wrath of PCB. A silly and stupid mind!

    Better approach would have been: play the final, stayed back in Dubai and raised the issue thru media... Isn't ICC headoffice is in Dubai?

  • ramnath on November 9, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    it is sad to see the level cricket has come to.corruption never goes punished in india & pakistan from the lowest to the highest level in all walks of life.it is sad to see the love the public have for the game being misused by politicians,cricket administrators,bookies & the media.i hope the day comes when everyone sees at a game and not something to score brownie points.i hope that all these elements rot in earth rather than hell!

  • Indus One on November 9, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Considering the lifespan of a Pak cricketer - is it feasible this man is making up this story to ensure himself a life likely to last longer than in Pak cricket ?

    Cynicism can be forgiven in present state of Pak cricket. Pak cricketers are to be emphasized with.

  • dervaish on November 9, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    so he fled to UK and left his family is more danger than before. does that really make any sense on his part? he wants protection for his family from the same authorities he himself doesn't trust for his own safety and protection. that really boggles the mind. he didn't said anything to PCB bcos he was afraid that it might get leaked and put him and his family in more danger. but what is he doing now by giving interview on GEO and telling the story? he sure is a troubled mind. i don't think it really has got anything to do with threats or anyone approaching him. seems like he is a very emotional and mentally unstable person. he doesn't need protection, he needs help and treatment.

  • boomboomPak on November 9, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Saying that he should have stayed with the team/gone back to Pak/report the incident to PCB or ACSU, is utterly ridiculous.Don't we know how corrupt the govt and its functioning bodies are in Pak and that ACSU crap is run by muppets who lack proper understanding of the game.What he did is an extreme act, but how can you trust any one in the PCB or the PAk team when you know that there are players who have relationships with bookies and PCB is run by someone who is not any smarter than a donkey.Reporting the incident even to the High Commission in Eng would have been stupid, this is the only way he can find himself safe and sound and now he should the right thing.Bring everyone down and blow the whistle on everyone that he knows is involved with the bookies.I am quite sure that something like this could be backed by a few maligned players who don't want honest players in the side and also Kamran could be a key player in this incident.Kami wants him out as Zulq is a better keeper/player.

  • Imran on November 9, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    has he done the best thing for his country? God knows best. one thing I may say. It would have been better to stay there and fight for the right and he would have got public backing and also able to expose black sheep in pakistan's cricket. To me running away is not the solution or the best course of action. I wont blame him for doing this but there is always a better way of doing things.

  • Yasser on November 9, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Its telling that ZH didn't trust anyone in the Pakistan Cricket Team or Cricket Board. Just goes to show how deep rooted the seeds of this Corruption are. I wouldn't be surprised if the chain goes right up to the 'Patron in Chief' Mr. 10%! Why else would anyone stick with Ejaz Butt after Pakistan cricket has literally been thrown into the gutter by this administration. There is no point in watching Pakistan Cricket team play any longer. I feel for ZH though. He comes from really humble background. His family can hardly make ends meet. He's exactly the kind of people who are an easy prey. He could also earn a couple million bucks like Aamir and Asif for his family for throwing away a few matches, but he didn't. Now he is the villain, out of Pakistan team and those who would sell their mothers for a few bucks are playing as our cricket heroes. I am done with supporting my team.

  • AThinkingHuman on November 9, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Well as you all know how the system is corrupted in the sub-continent. If someone who has a proper understanding of Holy Quran will know what I am telling here: the righteous are the ones who stand firm in their paths they dont deter from their joiurney." La Khaufin wala Jooin" which means without fear or without being lured. That is the system which works all over the world, mostly in sub-continent either buy them(lure) or threaten them (khauf), the threats could be physical, emotional, social etc, which usually breaks a person but in this case of Zulqarnain Haider it really needs lots of guts and righteousness to take this step, because for every young kid who picks a bat or ball dreams of becoming a national cricketer , it is not easy to forego that chance you have got but people who are God fearing, who have thier "zameer" live, will always act right. He has a clear mind and how he lacks trust even on the players is a clear indication of the situation viewed from a close quarters.

  • Sumer Zaman on November 9, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Zulqarnain Haider is a very talented young cricketer and as you you rightly pointed out he plays with guts and puts his country first! that's very dangerous in the current climate where making quick money by no balls, dropping catches etc & to cap it all off he's the wicket-keeper for Gods sake! I can't believe such big names saying silly remarks like he's not a match winner so he can't really change the course of a match!! he is the most pivotal factor!!! Such big names of cricket saying stupid things like he is after asylum! Sigh!!! The board are a bunch of idiots of the highest degree headed by the oldest fart in the business Ijaz Butt, why is he still in charge how many more farces are going to happen before this current PCB regime is ousted!

  • Mike on November 9, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Cheap article. Poor guy is running for his life.If I get a life threatening call, I will be really scared. Wouldn't you Mr.Abbasi?. Or is that the way life for cricketers in Pakistan?.

  • Ragu on November 9, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    For some time, all Pakistan cricketers should be kept away from any kind of phone calls while on tours. This ensures their safety which is the top most priority. Regular communication, of the player's well-being, should be done to the respective families while on any tour. Isolate Pakistan's cricket from all external factors. Save cricket passion in a cricket passionate country.

  • Stark on November 9, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    I fell soooooo sorry for him!

    He's such a lovely guy and deserved his place in the Pak 11 but unfortunately someone has threatened him and his family.

    I bet it was loragt because he couldn't stand the sight of Pak winning the 4th odi especially since he was there at presentation ceremony.

  • hamayoun on November 9, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Just when you thought things couldn't get worse...

  • khaliq on November 9, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    a good statement, but you wont get many comments, as know one yet knows the full story behind Zulqarnain's departure to uk.

  • syed waseem ather on November 9, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    mashallah v r proud of u mr zulqarnain haider, and we understand in which circumstancs u took this decision, inshallah our prayers r with u to sought this matter, not only haider the entire team is at risk,

    May Allah save pakistan Ameen

  • Manoj on November 9, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    It is a sad day for Pakistani and international cricket. One only hopes that Zulqarnain musters all the courage and gets all the support to unmask the evil.

  • Umair Tariq on November 9, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Very true Mr Abbaaai, he really is a confused mind. I would totally agree that it takes guts to just walk out on an international career, but to be asking the cricket management to take him back in a span of 24 hours is just being total nuts. I mean you have seriously out of your senses to take such a step. Either he was after cheap fame (an easy way to get into headlines) or what he had planned (to get settled in UK, play county cricket, etc) seriously backfired after PCB's announcement to ban him from cricket or he had totally lost his senses like everyone else running the show in Pakistan Cricket Board.

  • Deemi Zafar on November 9, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Agreed in toto. We need to keep all possibilities in mind. He may be innocent or (seemingly less likely at the time, but one never knows) conniving...

  • Mark J on November 9, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    I think it's just an easy way to get an Amnesty for this washed-up cricketer. Ha Ha well played- This is your best innings- Considering you only had One in your life- Not Bad At all.

  • Syed Abbas on November 9, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Absolutely, and totally agree with you. I am disappointed at what has happnened, but more seriously concerned about the level of security and threats our players are receiving, even when ICC is trying hard to battle against corruption.

    Its not the players that are corrupt, they are made to be or else to face the terrible consequences...even as loss of life of the near and dear ones.

    Some needs to be done, Some one needs to help the poor chap!

    Its all good moaning about what he has done, but put yourself in shoes, and get the kind of thrreats he is even scared to talk about, and then I'll ask these so called stars of a by gone era, where they hide.

  • Vijay Rajan on November 9, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    This whole episode is so funny and weird. Thank goodness Indian cricket is not tarnished by such ridiculous episodes like cricketer runs away.

    Religion and sports MUST NOT be mixed. Keep them separate. A sport is a sport. Too much passion for anything is not good.

  • Bharat on November 9, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    He seemed a gutsy guy. Nobody should comment about his deeds now without full details. It just feels bad that a promising International career has come to a premature end. (Nothing ends in Pak cricket really) The rut seems to run deep. Self cleansing is the only way out for Pak cricket. It owes this to its public and cricket lovers from all over the world

  • usama on November 9, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Rightly said Kamran Bhai. He have taken a very bold step, He had lost everything in a brink and there must be a STRONG REASON behind all this, it must be fully investigated, i strongly believe there is a deeep controversy going on against pakistan cricket and its players and can be traced back to woolmer's death and then attack on srilankan team and onwards a sequence of events have happened, we are victims of ill wills and behind the scene acts of a lobby working against pakistan cricket

  • zee on November 9, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    First of all I am unable to understand the act of youngman, he did not consulted anybody even his family, and took a huge step. Secondly he said he consider Pakistan as his mother, and can't sell his mother, its shows he cares for Pakistan, but running from his country like this does not support his words, he should stand like a brave soldier, and make sure to unveil all culprits. We might get some more surprises, lets see.....

  • desihungama on November 9, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    “I did not do what I was asked to do in the fourth one-dayer and I also did not let it happen what was being asked to do, so this is the reason that I left it and came here and I did what I felt better,” he said.

    Read the above statement from Zulqarnain...

    The Pakistan team is still involved in fixing. I bet you 2 cents that people he is referring to who asked him to do what he did not do are captain, Management, and God knows how many bookies. What a shame. What a shame. I am heartbroken.

    After all the American diplomat was right when he said "Pakistaniz? They would sell their mother for a dollar.

  • Ali on November 9, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    It doesn't look like he have any proofs or things to spill beans. Guy just got scared of few text messages and a guy's conversation. He should have properly brought this into notice, at least he can trust Dubai Police.

  • waqar on November 9, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    TRUE HAIDER IS A PATRIOT....................BUT QUITING HIS CAREER WONT BRING HIM ANY CREDIT................IF HE IS TO SHINE UPON PAKISTANS NAME HE SHOULD JOIN BACK

  • Asif on November 9, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Kamran its easier said than done. I agree to most of your articles but very dissapointed in this one. I also do know that you sit in England in some apartment and have no clue to the ground realities in Pakistan I can bet you if you get a credible death threat or if you realize that your life and your family's life is in danger you will be the first one to run away from your turf. He did the right thing. I would do the same thing. I would'nt call his move and associate it with him having a troubled mind. ICC , ACSU, PCB all are part of match fixing bodies. I would trust no one.

  • zulfi on November 9, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    i totaly agree with this article. well said and well written well though into i must agree zulqarnain has not left for any reason other than the corrupt pcb and some players. you can have all the talent in the world but if yo dont want to win you never will. and allways will let down genuine fans like us. i wold say the akmals are very deeply involved and i hope and pray they are all exposed and kicked out for life including the curent pcb. as genuine fans who allways support pak through thick and thin we need these fakers and the match fixers caught. leave our good game of cricket once an for all. the last game looked very fixed and look who was behind the stumps god of fixers umar k. ????????????

  • Bharath on November 9, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Haider has done the right thing by going to UK and fighting his case there. We really have to appreciate this bloke for showing so much courage to stand against match fixing mafia despite having no money.

  • PakFan on November 9, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran. It is a very unique issue. If someone is approached like that and threatened bodily harm to him or his family the first thing you would do is either contact the police or find a safer destination. It is quite sad to see this happening to a very committed and hard working player who puts country first.

  • Gautam on November 9, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Once we know the full extent of Zulqarnain’s trauma that will be the time to properly judge the man who wanted to be Pakistan's wicket-keeper. I don't think this will happen ever. Everybody will follow this story only till it come on the front page of News papers and after that everybody will forget it. No body will try to find out the truth. Neither the PCB nor the ICC

  • Andre S on November 9, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    It's extremely disheartening that a young promising player felt so threatened that he did not trust his own board and had to flee his own squad. If his brother was aware of the threats after the fourth ODI, surely the team knew as well?

  • RA on November 9, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Cannot understand Pak cricket. If team loses, then people burn effigies and there is huge risk for players' security. If a player wins it for the team, then too, there is a risk for him.

    Looks like the players are caught between the devil and the deep sea.

    Its really sad to see a budding player's career go haphazard because of external issues.

  • G_o on November 9, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    He should be encouraged to expose this menace / nexus between the betting syndicate and sport. Getting to the bottom of this will not only save the sport, but probably save the world too ( by choking the conduits that finance the other exploits viz terror that the syndicates engage in)

  • Adnan on November 9, 2010, 16:36 GMT

    THe main question that ppl. on the media have avoided is that why was the passport given back to him?...Another question is that why didn't the team report of his disappearance even after many hours had gone by?

    Intikhab Alam should be sacked for returning his passport... It just gives me the impression that may be the whole PCB is involved and they deliberately let go of Zulqarnain because he didn't suit their bigger plan... To me our team management has shown to be inept once again...

  • fawad iqbal on November 9, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    the role of icc and pcb itself is very mysterious.they have not done anything so that people can bring cases to them.

    what has been done to indian cricketer remember?,.please try it.

    nope?

    manoj prabhakar.the talented allrounder who opens the bowling for india and opens the batting also.when he accused some high profile cricketer then he was snubbed.where is he now?dont know.

    attau rehman,pakistan cricketer,when he pointed to a high profile cricketer .he was banned and the high profile cricketer goes scott free.

    rashid latif and basit ali,what they get.

    WHAT THE ICC DIDNT IMPLEMENT FROM FORMER PLAYERS LIKE RASHID LATIF.?

    ARE THEY ALSO RECIEVE THREATS FROM THE SAME GROUP??????????

    WHY THEY DONT USE DIFFERENT CODED SIM FOR EACH SERIES FOR EVERY PLAYER?

    THE PRESIDENT OF ICC SHOULD ALSO NOT TO BE SPARE FROM INVESTIGATION.

    FINALLY BOB WOOLMER AND HANSIE CRONJE THEIR DEATH COME UNDER NOT IN A NORMAL SITUATION.

    HOW CAN ZULQARNAIN FORGET THIS? HE MUST HAVE THOUGHT OF ALL THIS.

  • Ajay Kumar on November 9, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    I completely agree with you.. It takes a lot of courage and guts to face such a situation and become a whistleblower.. I think all those who are condemning his this step, should keep in mind that not just him but his family members are also in threat.. You did take a right step Haider by taking charge of your own life rather than depending on PCB which is currently totally malfunctioning and have little influence on any outside party....

  • Abbas on November 9, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    I am unable to understand this event. There are many questions need to be answered before we can start blame game. the very basic thing which confuses me is his text msgs to a Geo Tv journalist who is not that famous. Y he was choosen??

    and why another Akmal Product is selected?? Where is International Experienced Sarfaraz Ahmed?? was he previously given enough chances to be completely ignored now?

    Why our seniors are blaming Zulqarnain only? Can any player trust this administration ?? I doubt ..

    there is definitely some mystery behind this event ....

  • srinin on November 9, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    A very balanced article amidst the plethora of cynical condemnation or rage in denial. Well done KA!

  • Aziz-ul-Qadir on November 9, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    I agree he needs to be understood. I hope PCB for once help its player. We need clean and dedicated cricketers not so-called talented cricketers of weak or dubious character.

  • Naz on November 9, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Its a drastic reaction to a somewhat unsubstantiated threat.

    I personally believe, Haider has overreacted and used this opportunity for a better life for his family - if not for himself. Its quite clear, he wouldn't remain in the long term as keeper due to his limitations as a batsman.

    Though he has made some generous/charitable gestures in the past, however, i feel the greater good (for his family) has dictated his move...coupled with the uncertainty of the Pak team selection.

    Cynically speaking his comments' about the incident are so circumspect/vague, i would doubt if British Immigration would grant asylum on such evidence - my understanding is that the asylum request will be investigated for its validity.

    I think there's another possible embarrassment on the horizon for Pak and its cricket......

  • Imran on November 9, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Very thoughtful comments from Mr. Abassi, i totally agree with him that we should properly listen to the point of view of Zulqurnain Haider as well. Whistleblowers normally does not get any significant credit for their honesty but i think at this point of time Pakistan cricket needs players like him who play with a lot of passion for their country and does not compromise on their integrity......

  • usman arshad khan niazi on November 9, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Well this is what i was afraid of. This looks like a case of extortion. And if it is true then there is no way you can flush out match fixing from this game.

  • Nadeem Farooq on November 9, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Every body knows who is behind this, its not a rocket sciencs. We have only two wicket keepers in the country. Congratullations to AKAMAL's.

  • Badshah Bahadur on November 9, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Are you kidding us. The title of your article should have been trouble state of cricket. Is it not alarming that even a newbie like this guy are being approached and threatened? What is going on? Is this a British tabloid consipiracy too? This whole thing is rotten and trying to gloss over this has gotten cricket depper and deeper into the mess. For once everyone should sit up and take notice of whats going on otherwise the game would definitely perish.

  • Nadeem Mirza on November 9, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Circus continues. BUTT, the ring master.

  • Shahid on November 9, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    i completely agree with you Kamran. I think the guy needs to be lauded for taking a courageous stance like this. May Allah help him.

  • Farrukh Jamil on November 9, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    I totally agree with Mr. Abbasi on the mental state of Zulqarnain Haider. Although he put his team on a demoralising path just before the decider match, but under the prevailing situation, any body would have done what he( Haider) did.

  • Umair on November 9, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Walking out on international cricket at such a young age tells me that there is a lot more than what meets the eye. The step he took takes a lot of guts .... I remember Rashid Latif also choose the path not usually taken in Pak cricket and paid the price. We may end up thanking Zulqarnain later....let the chips fall where they may !!!

  • tahir ahmad on November 9, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    i believe that every one in the present lot with some exceptions pass through such difficult phase but had not resisted due to their back ground which was POVERTY and once they trapped then the exploiter enjoyed them. So if any one is sincere with the country then atleast listen to this Guy and help him and to the country also because he in his own make the decision which in his eye is excellent because whatever i read till now he is well known about the gravity of the filth where according to his disguised words every one is acting as an agent of the MAFIA who controlled and ruled the game which is once known as the game of gentlemen and where the uniform was white which depict the symbol of peace. Its better that Pakistan should BAN the cricket because it is no more a game of gentlemen and peace

  • Anand on November 9, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    I certainly agree. I watch or follow cricket at International level and sometimes even at the state level (Mostly India though). Given the state of affairs, it is very important to know the full truth before judging anyone. Instead of covering or trying to save the face and giving instant retaliation comments, it is better to be thorough and get to the bottom and accept the responsibilities. Exposure will hurt everyone and especially when it is denied.

    I hope he is safe and in good hands and I pray that his family is also safe and secure. He should be given his day to explain why and what made him to take this decision.

  • AGHA PASHA on November 9, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    Very True. Realistic comments.

  • Desihungama on November 9, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    What drove Zulqarnain to this extreme measure isn't entirely clear..Full Stop

    Here is the story....

    Pakistan had fixed to lose the 4th ODI but Haider against the wishes of fixers including Captain and God knows who else wnet ahead and hit the winning runs. This created storm in Pakistan camp and they because abusive to Haider following his performance. The threats he is talking about are not only coming from bookies but I hear Pakistan intelligence, President Camp and many other personalities are deeply invloved in match fixing and Haider's act cost them lot of money. The attack on Sri Lankan team was also prearranged by no one but PCB by taking heft amounts of money to ensure no more cricket in the country.

  • Naveed on November 9, 2010, 16:14 GMT

    A guy who according to his own words wont sell his country as his country is his motherland, without saying a word to anyone boards a plane and runs to UK ASKING FOR ASYLUM. Knowing very well what this will do to his MOTHERland. We need to understand him you say, did he understood what is required of him ? Match fisxing has been on for god knows how long in cricket, how many cricketers are murdered till today for refusing to fix a match ? He didnt trust corrupt PCB, fine. He could have contacted ICC Anti Corruption unit directly. He hasnt really walked out on his intl carrer as his carrer hasnt even started yet. Picture him as a backup keeper for next few years, playing domestic cricket, making not that much money and compare him as a legal resident in UK, playing for a county. There were so many ways to deal with the threat if there was any than to board the next flight available. He has brought already destroyed image of OUR COUNTRY, and he should be ashamed of himself.

  • DIe Hard Paki Fan on November 9, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Bang on target kamran bhai no1 is born corrupt and its a system that leads them to be corrupt and zulqarnain must just be little more brave to expose those who has linked corruption to the wonderful game of cricket. It looks as if top pcb officials are involved as we can see same ppl like yawar saeed and some others like akmal brothers and farhats keeps on coming back it is so painful to see them there has to be something behind this.

  • rahi khan on November 9, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    He is totally justified in actions he has taken as if someone is still able to access team players and threat them it means that either management is also involved or is turning a blind eye. He is justified for not trusting a board who is instead of cleaning its house involved in war of words with ECB and ICC and after that chariman apologieses on what he blamed without even an iota of shame. Its time for ICC and President of Pakistan to intervene and do a full inquiry to analyze who and how many people on field and off field involved in these activities other than playing eleven.

  • Abu Hamza on November 9, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    I think he showed a knee-jerk reaction, very childish of him. If for one instance we believe the assumption that he was "seriously threatened" and felt that the board and team management can't help him, he should have opened it all to the media, rather than applying for asylum and issuing cryptic messages.

  • Shyam on November 9, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    It is obvious from his behavior that there are board and team insiders involved, otherwise he would not have fled. Who knows whether the "disciplinary incident" where he was made an example of for being 5 minutes late was the beginning of harassment?

    Experienced voices are condemning him because they feel exposed and threatened. It would have been so much easier for them to keep him quiet or arrange for an accident for his family if he had gone to them instead of letting the whole world know. They are worried their masters will come after them if they can't keep Zulqarnain quiet. They are also worried he will expose the entire set up to Scotland Yard which is already investigating involvement of Pakistan team in fixing.

  • Watching on November 9, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    That's an interesting ending ".....wanted to be Pakistan's wicketkeper". The question I would ask, is who else wants to be Pakistan's wicketkeeper and over the past few months, has that persons name been involved with match-fixing?

  • Roshan on November 9, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Hats off this guy! He stood up amongst all odds. He is one Pakistani We the sports lovers are all proud of.

  • Imran Ahmad Khan on November 9, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    I agree that it takes guts to walk out on an international career BUT as an international player, he needed to show more responsibility. How difficult would it have been for him to contact the Dubai police? Instead of just walking out like this, he should have come out CLEANLY and CLEARLY with everything that had happened. This, I am afraid, not only jeopardizes his career, but also brings bad headlines all over the world for Team Pakistan. With the World Cup so near, we needed to avoid controversies...

  • Ahsan on November 9, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    very well written and right on time and money .. something like this needed to be put forward in writing ... i thank you for writing something genuine and needed and not another "salman butt fan club newsletter" ...

  • Nader on November 9, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    I am glad at least one Pakistani cricketer had the guts to do the right thing. He has proven that not all in Pakistan cricket are corruptible. His lack of confidence in PCB is understandable. His decision to bring the issue to the UK was a smart move.

  • Richard Nares on November 9, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    A separate, but equally important question is why has he decided to go to England? What has the UK got to do with it?

  • VVD on November 9, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    The story of the wicketkeeper is rather disturbing. We in India think that our cricketers have to face a LOT of pressure, but from this story it looks like the pressure on Pakistani cricketers is at a whole new level. It is also a lesson, that cricketers fixing matches deserve a full hearing. It might turn out finally that many of them in fact, deserve to be sympathised with rather than ostrasized by the cricketing fraternity.

  • Aatif on November 9, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Having read as much as I now have about the Zulqarnain issue, I'm left in ansolutely no doubt that Zulqarnain did what he had to do. Sure there were other ways of doing it, but the way he chose is clearly what he felt comfortable with. Obviously, he couldn't explicitly claim the PCB is institutionally corrupt - but his suspicions that they might be were enough to flee to London. I hope he is being helped here and that somehow his entire story can be told. For now, I'm going to join millions of cricket fans around the world in saluting Zulqarnain for not selling out. Thank you Zulqy - for proving Pakistanis can do the right thing!

  • Malik Ahmed on November 9, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    I feel for him. Pakistan should be banned until PCB is flushed.

  • Arsalan on November 9, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    I think actions of Zulqarnain are totally baseless and uncalled for keeping in view his own claims regarding Pakistan and it's sacredness to him. He should have defended his case while remaining atleast in Dubai where he could have contacted ang got support from ICC. This is very hard to believe that he was unable to find even a single trust worthy and honest man in Pakistan, Dubai or ICC head quarter. This is purely a raw and crude publicity stunt and the real aim of this man seems to defame Pakistan.

    This man has proven to be a disgrace for the country and it is a pity that he was chosen to represent country at the highest level of cricket....shame on you Mr Zulqarnain... shame on you

  • Raaj on November 9, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    atleast he did his job

  • Nowshad on November 9, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    How can one trust on such corrupt organizations in my country Pakistan where people are selected rather than elected. Where government is run by family members and new ministries are created for new relatives. Where cricket selectors dont know about cricket. Where everyone just want his own share of corruptions, people are sold just for money. Innocent people are killed publically and no law is available for its protection or if it is then who need to establish it. Zulqarnain says he is safe in UK and his mother is Pakistan and its the same old story. Leave your mother so that she suffer, who cares. Both parties are equally responsible. We need a qualified and thoughtful people in cricket board not relatives of corrupt agents.

  • Ahmed Quraishi on November 9, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Zulqarnain, might not scored a match winning score so far. Yet he was selected as national team wicket keeper. There are million reasons to believe his claims that some bookies asked/approached him to fix the match. A wicket keeper might not need to score much, if he drops a catch, misses a stumping,not scoring winning runs, he will decide the match.

    Let him expose those scrupulous bookies. He should expose 'em, else he will be misunderstood as "Attention Seeking". Let him feel protected in UK (Everyone knows that no one feels safe in Pakistan) and expose of this situation.

  • Inayat ali on November 9, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    there is no justification for what he has done. a plalyer when reach to this level should know and understand all the things like bookiis approach, threats, also could be an undercover press reporter or any other icc oficial etc

    but just to leave everything and vanish in the air is in no mean doing something good to his country. if he has guts he should have stood up to it and should have exposed all what he knew in dubai itself. any way what we can pray for him. GOD HELP AND PROTECT HIM AND HIS FAMILY.

  • Imran Khan on November 9, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I totally agree with you Kamaran, there is more to the story. Right now it seems that the officals of PCB are so corrupt that they are more of a problem than the solution. I beleive the fixing is still going on in all teams with the backings of respective borads and ICC. Some of the officals of ICC shold also be investigated, with out them there is no way the bookies can be roaming around and contacting the players without any fear.

  • Jakaria Khan on November 9, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi but have been a long follower of Pakistan Cricket. It seem the grip of the bookies in the Pak cricket is really deep. Pak needs to take some tough decision and put the house in order. They are loosing their credibility and in real danger of being outcast in the cricketing fraternity. It is a real shave for a nation that produced world class cricketers like Imaran Khan, Javed Miandad and so many others.

  • Anoop on November 9, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    I agree with your article. As an Indian cricket fan, It is sad to see such things happening to Pakistan cricket. I hope everything settles down in PCB and India and Pakistan can play cricket again.

  • Mohammad Aslam on November 9, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Zulqarnain may be a desperate and stupid young man. Yet he does not seem to be as stupid as the PCB, who in their knee jerk reaction seem to have banned the young man from international cricket(according to media reports)-- without even waiting or trying to ascertain the facts first!

  • Karthik on November 9, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Kamran Sir, if the people of Pakistan really care about their cricket, they should stop patronising people like Dawood Ibrahim. A leading ex-captain can get his son married to the don's daughter and the public/media applaud it, is this not the perfect recipe for disaster? It may be the cricketer's private life but by not condemning this, the people of Pakistan let termites into their cricketing body and the result is there for all to see.

  • vicky on November 9, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Not sure whether he is right or wrong but pretty sure that he take this step due to extreme pressure and insecurity, which PCB fails to provide. He didn't explained anything about the incident to PCB as he don't trust the officials there or some of them may be involved with the incident itself. Its a really serious allegation not only to the person who threatend him but to PCB as well.

    I dont expect much out of it as happened always when biggies are involved. Whether say or not but everybody know who's who?

  • Chaitanya on November 9, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    The issue is not with the Zulqarnain mind but with the PCB it encourages the corrupt players & will be part of it who have ties with betting gangs and so how can Zulqarnain go back to get protection? Its like "goat going to lion for protection which indeed want to eat goat". We indeed saw cases of the Shoaib, Akmal, e.t.c who are very corrupt and plays un-ethical however PCB never takes action even it gets complaints.

    My personal feeling was Pak Cricket team should be banned until each & every players & Board member are to be scanned and need to receive clean chit from ICC anti corruption dept. ICC need to start taking the strict decisions for cleaning the disgraced & corrupt people from the cricket world.

  • Vinod on November 9, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Completely agree with you on that. In stead of criticising the player for the way he has come out in the open they should try to listen to what he has to say and to find out if it is fact or fiction. Merely saying that he should have followed the procedure laid out does not mean that there is no truth to his story.

  • Muhammedh on November 9, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Kamran bhai, first lets talk about his and his family security then talk about cricket affairs. Once that is established the truth will come out easily.

  • Dan on November 9, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    I think he made a wise choice to fled England becuase the kid knew that his days in PCB might be limited and God knows when he will make a comeback so grad any opportunity i can and get a asylum in UK!

  • Ram on November 9, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    U know, I just feel bad for Pakistani cricketers. I really don't have any animosity towards that nation and I know for sure that my parental generation did. But come on guys, leave these kids alone. Let them play cricket. It saddens me to be honest..

  • Faraz (the very first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on November 9, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Zulqarnain Haider deserves a lot of respect for such a big decision - my prayers are with him and his family...like Kamran said, it is not easy to leave something you covet - something you plan, work hard and dream about and to walk away from it...this should spell the last nail in the coffin for Ijaz butt!! the PCB is so useless, bookies not only threaten players but their families, for us fans these are heroes worth protecting and revering...but our players have to resort such drastic measures....if this was Devilliers the SA board would have taken measures, publicly and privately..but PCB wants to doubt the player fleeing for his life and want to look good in front of ICC. if ICC is really serious about corruption free cricket, they would offer Zulqarnain top job and give him the balls so he can hunt these criminals down. I bet these are indian descent bookies - they need to be weeded out of the world of cricket.

    Pakistan Zindabaad Pakistan Paendabaad

  • Mohammad Asad on November 9, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA .......................................... Sympathy for Zulqarnain !!!!!! In which world are we living ??????? This young chap has bound to chose himself away from Int'l Cric. career ....... I guess he did the right thing - ENG is much safer than Pak & Dubai ....................................................... Request to ICC authority / Pak authority / and all Cric. playing nations authority to come forward & trace out these "animals" (who are the enemy of cricket / sports / peace loving people) and punish them....

  • Raza Zaidi on November 9, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    He's doing the right thing and I wish him the best. Why did he not go to PCB and the team management? Maybe because he knows they're all equal partners in this whole dirty business??? I hope he follows through with this and fully exposes all the sinister acts going on behind the scenes in Pakistan cricket. I wouldn't be surprised if the extent of this business goes all the way to the very top. It seems that PCB has been a cash cow for the corrupt Pakistan governments, with millions of dollars at play in every single game. The cricketers are simply pawns...the real players are likely sitting in the higher echelons of Pakistan government.

  • sern on November 9, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Why does it happen mostly to pakistan cricketers only, they are lot of other teams playing cricket but it only this team and its players which have this kind of issues.

    why would he flee from his own country and not tell his team mates or his board , it means he did not trust any of them.

    so where does this lead to ????

  • Basharat on November 9, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    I totally agree with you Mr. Kamran. Even though every young including me love to play this wonderful game of cricket, but the danger of degrading our nation's and family name will force us not to play this game in which every pakistani give bad to these pakistani heros when they don't win. I suggest only one to ICC that as the world cup is 2 to 3 months away, they should ban the betting of any kind in its home which is India and second they should call ex subcontinental players especially from india including Azharuddin, Jadeja and many more to enquire from them the reality of disease which is damaging this game very painfuly as a cancer. thats it.

  • Cric Predictor on November 9, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Its sad but I find this fishy and abvious. Its a staged act directed by the PCB. In the next few days, Haider or the PCB will mention that the threat came from India. Then ICC will be asked to probe into an inquiry with BCCI. Then the world cup in India will be re-evaluated for safety of global players. Its so obvious what is brewing and what the brew will end up being.

  • siva on November 9, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    In a troubled and corrupted country, where there is no safety for PM candidate (Benazir) and where there is no safety for a foreign cricket team (Srilanka), how can anyone expect Pakistan's players have safety. If the bookies in Pak lost money or if Al-Quaeda or Taleban in Pakistan does not want them to play, this is the outcome !!!

  • Jubaid Khan on November 9, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    How in the earth do these bookies get a chance to get closer to the players. Is it too hard to keep a security person with the players whenever they go out. It's for their own protection. I hope the Haider incidence serves as an eye opener for rest of the world, as Pakistani people are already aware of these conducts.

  • Chona on November 9, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    He had only one thing in mind and that is to seek assylum for himself as well as his whole family.....Period..

    He is really condemnable for he tarnished Pakistan's image for the sake of some threats he received in UAE from some seemingly Indian person..so why on earth he tried to go to UK rather than coming to Pakistan...threat was in UAE by some Indian so why feel bad by Pakistan,...It would have been another thing had he been threatened by some Criminals in pakistan.......!!!!!

  • tariq on November 9, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Kamran,

    I disagree with your assessment but since this is your blog...you have the right to publish what you want and I respect that. But my earlier note / comment to you is what I standby.

    I have lost all hope in Pakistani Cricket and very frankly Pakistan in general. This is not the country I knew and I lived in 20 years ago...

  • nutcutlet on November 9, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    Zulqarnain's position is one I hope that all fair-minded people can empathise with. For a young man to call a halt to his promising international career having been menaced by some shady gangster types is unnnerving and a frightful comment on the pressures that Pakistani cricketers find themselves put under. Moreover, confiding in another player, or a member of the management would not necessarily have assisted the situation, indeed it may have exacerbated it as how would he know who to trust? There can be little doubt that Zulqarnain is an honourable young man who has actually shown moral courage by his actions. It will be all the better for Pakistani cricket if he blows the whistle long and hard to help restore honour to his country's cricketers - and gets the protection for his family and himself that his courage deserves. I wish him well.

  • CricketLover on November 9, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Possibility could be high office bearers in Pakistan might be involved in the betting syndicate that might have made him feel insecure if he returns back to Pakistan. I certainly believe this guy really loves Pakistan and his heart is at the right place. This incident is a proof point that the betting stuff might run deep into Pakistani administration. Would you agree?

  • Lebbe on November 9, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    I am S. Lankan but I love cricket: It is crystal clear about Haider's behavior. He things that It is not wise move to complain to PCB (There may be some culprits in PCB who can simply inform to bookies). This is serious matter and you can't blame Haider at all. He has no trust at PCB at all. He had only one option to fly to UK for his protection (Still he is worrying about his family back home). I suggest ICC to directly involve in PCB and you choose the board. So the players can trust the board. What I have learned from all these most of the match fixings occurs due to PCB corruption (Players are not protested). You can't compare the the match fixing of Azarudin, Jadeja, hansie cronje, Warne, etc... with all Pakistan players (Some of them really have pressure, threats, etc...). What a sad day for the cricket the PCB can't protect their own players. I suspect that Amir is one of the victims.

  • Gonzo on November 9, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    I can't claim to be an expert on Pakistan or Pakistan cricket, although I've always enjoyed watching them, but I have to say that Haider has impressed me with some of his 'gutsy' performances in the past. This must have been serious for him to abandon the tour.

  • kashif on November 9, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    In all honestly, is this surprising? Please ask yourself this question, I surely did and my answer was No!

  • Babar Naseem on November 9, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    For me, Hes a National Hero.

  • tariq on November 9, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Kamran,

    I disagree with your assessment but since this is your blog...you have the right to publish what you want and I respect that. But my earlier note / comment to you is what I standby.

    I have lost all hope in Pakistani Cricket and very frankly Pakistan in general. This is not the country I knew and I lived in 20 years ago...

  • billa on November 9, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Although the threats he has mentioned are plausible, I think he is faking it. His intentions seem to be to migrate to UK and this seemed to be the best way for him(in his opinion). Things don't add up otherwise. you just don't pack up your bags in the middle of a series and go to UK.

  • Imran on November 9, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    In a most rational, logical and right mind whatever he has done is in it's all effects a testimony of corruption, mismanagement, ridicule and absolute madness of PCB Management, Government (Mr. 10%) and any associated staffs of PCB. I have a respect for this guy regardless of what short minded, short term effects he may have left. This is a guy who is not as much talented than those As and Bs that have been convicted of fixing but he showed that it is the ethical route that you have take when it comes to personal decisions. He could have accepted the money, and saved his spot in the team but no he had to do what was right for him and his inner soul.

  • Kriskingle on November 9, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    Yes, it is as sordid an affair as any that has afflicted Pakistan cricket, and in general Pakistan, lately.The question is, is Zulqarnain Haider a victim of the fixing system rampant in the subcontinent cricket system, or did he fall out with the wrong guys? Is he the hero or the villain of the piece?If the former, then he truly deserves praise for breaking ranks and showing the gumption to stand up to the bad guys. He could even be the path-breaker who can show other cricketers a way out of escaping the clutches of the betting cartel, and might even become the lynchpin of the ICC's case against illegal betting. But whatever he is, let's reserve judgement on him till more facts surface, if only to avoid the seemingly inevitable trough that follows any positive in PAkistan cricket's recent history. As we well know, full disclosure on this issue is the last thing to be expected, from all concerned parties, so for now, I am a sceptic.

  • blantyre60 on November 9, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    This poor young man is being unfairly condemned for walking out of the Pakistan team by former players like Asif Iqbal & for not firstly bringing any concerns/threats to his team management. Considering three players are already suspended on suspicions of corruption & there may more such players in the current Pakistan squad, Ijaz Butt & the PCB have come out with NO credibility whatsoever in this whole corruption fiasco ever since it surfaced earlier this year, one really CANNOT blame this troubled young man for fleeing the team and seeking solace/safety elsewhere! Good luck to him & his family back in Pakistan.

  • MastanKhan on November 9, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    At first you start by degrading the player---look at the title of your post---it is already condemning the player.

    Then in the middle of the post, you change gears and are sort of supporting the whistle blower. Mister Abbasi---why don't you make up your mind first and take a stand rather than flipping a two headed coin.

  • Saleem Khan on November 9, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Whatever the outcome of this drama, one (weather it is PCB, bookers or Zulqy) shold be exposed and punished to bring PAK cricket on track again.

  • Kaash Sindhu on November 9, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    I am 100 % sure This threatning call was made by someone who is in good relationship with Kamran Akmal. His name came up in corruption charges too but suddenly it was cleared. He have been playing in Pakistan team for long time even after very bad performances. I suspect he is the Key player in Match fixing and pushing Zulqarnain out of Cricket.

  • xolile on November 9, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    I have only two words to add to this debate: Bob Woolmer

  • James Campbell on November 9, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    I really feel for this guy.I have read his comments and to know that he plans to give up his future for the security of his family, is so worthy of a human being. Integrity to its best in the time of pressure. Some time I say that my job comes first to my family because it provides for them. You taught me different. You are in my prayers. James

  • Sameer on November 9, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    I feel sorry for this young man. There is more than what meets the eye here. It must have taken extreme provocation and imminent personal danger for Haider to adopt this extreme step. The entire story will never be fully revealed. Pakistan Cricket continues to be in utter shambles and in a never ending downward spiral.

  • IB on November 9, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    ZQ's actions have shown the real state of mind of millions of people in the country who are not able to do anything to get their rights or even live th elives honestly. I commend his action but at the same time I wish he had taken a little better route to expose all that he knows. People who are doubting him should think for a minute and ask the question, is there a possibility that the PCB board and it's operators are directly involved in the match fixing and linked to the mafia. Here you have president of the country known for all kinds of corrupt practices and also involved in betting syndicates in the world, then it is a no brainer that PCB is being used for the same objectives....and ZQ's actions prove that suggestion where he couldn't trust anybody not even the team management (and we all know who they are and their past). Now, why other players are not saying anything? May be they are not brave enough to go against anybody and just want to earn their worth quitely......MHO

  • taj on November 9, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    I can understand the trauma Zulqarnain might gone trough,unfortunately we prejudge the motives and start 2 accuse people,I dont expect any thing from pcb I wish Col Noorudin khawaja Regional Anti Corrption Manager ICC 4 pakistan and Bangladesh was alive 2day he kept most of things under control he never allowed players 2 take cell phones in the ground during games,I dont trust present INCOPETENT PCB SETUP,now even the players lives R safe now SOMEBODY influential has 2 stepin please Save the CRICKET in PAKISTAN RATHER THAN JUST TALKING AND PUTTING BLAMES ON OTHERS THERE IS MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM like Big FAT FISH GOOD LUCK

  • vivek on November 9, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    when someone receives a threat and runs for his life. people forget what they would do in such situations. probably he didnt trust the pakistani cricket board or the system. he found uk to be more safer. calling him troubled man is wrong and unfair. people are afraid this will unearth the rot that is eating pakistan cricket.

  • guesswhat on November 9, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    hey at least there is one honest person in pakistan cricket team.. bravo

  • dp on November 9, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    He's got the perfect opportunity to do us Pakistani fans a lot of good by spilling all the beans about the now ridiculous state of affairs... He should kick some serious "Butt" and take names!!! Im willing to sit through an extreme cleansing even if it means temporarily foregoing cricket for a year or so. Enough of this skullduggery!!

  • JayPMorgan on November 9, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    I agree with Kamran. We must not be harsh on this guy until the full facts are known. No one would give up an international career lightly. The opinions of ex players such as Safraz Nawaz , Abdul Qadir are not worth the paper they are written on. We need to get rid of our defensive mind set and actually see what he has to say. The PCB response is typically reckless and spares no thought for the player. They are already saying the player will be disciplined for breaching their "code of conduct". Which is effectively "Do as I say , not say as I do"

  • zabeeh khan on November 9, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    I have no faith what so ever in Pakistan cricket team anymore because no one knows anymore if these players are playing for their country OR money. What happened to those old days cricket? Enthusiasm, Spirit, Anger, Madness, pure loving players hungry for victory not for money, I guess i am delusioning. Zulqarnain is a pure talent of Pakistan. He doesn't have no one to support his back financially in Pakistan or i should say SAFARISH to protect him from all new age evil cricket politics.

  • Indian_fan on November 9, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    I feel bad for Z.Haider as he was the best wicketkeeper/batsmen for Pakistan in years.He did the right thing by quitting from a team which is full of corrupt match-fixers. Now I wonder why Kamran Akmal is in the team for sooo many years even after dropping so many catches. He plays for bookies not fot pakistan.

  • Tariq on November 9, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Enuf is Enuf.Ijaz Butt should resign or be replaced

  • Ganessin on November 9, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Due to PCB's unconditional support to the match fixing players, whistle blowers and honest players like Haider had to run away from the team. If you don't take strong action against wrong doers then the right thinking people will leave you. My sympathies with honest players like Haider. So match fixing is still continuing even in SA-Pak series and does cricket still need a corrupt team (although hugely talented)????? It is high time Pak is banned from cricket. Earlier I was of the view that only players who are involved in match fixing should be banned. But now after this incident I feel Pak should be banned until they come out of this mess. It seems Pak cricket and match fixing cannot be separated. All other teams have gone through this match fixing but had put a successful end to it. Never ending in case of Pak. For the sake of cricket, I hope Haider tells the truth to the cricket loving public.

    PS: I am a fan of Pak cricket although an Indian.

  • niaz on November 9, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    There are two theories: [1] he was threatened and did not feel safe and [2] it is all his mind. You seem to hear, believe and spread both versions. It is a troubled article on a troubling issue from an author who is troubled as well. Any normal human being would be troubled by the match-fixing events & consequences. He needs to be heard, investigated and then be judged.

  • Raza on November 9, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    I would have done the same - flee while still alive. PCB is rotten to the core as even the captain (Salman Butt) was in on the scams, and the less we speak of the chairman the better. In a country where even the top most leaders are brazenly assassinated, this bloke doesn't stand a chance. I wish Zulqarnain the best and hope that he can pursue cricket with English county teams or possibly their national side.

  • syed on November 9, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    From Zulqarnain’s decision, it is almost cleared that PCB itself involved in match fixing and all sorts of corruption hence ICC should banned Pakistan from playing international cricket for at least 2 years till their selection committee doesn't change.

  • Aaron Smothers on November 9, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Very well-written. You make complete sense. It's definitely sad for cricket fans around the world to miss out on enjoying his budding talent owing to such bizarre factors as those afflicting him.

  • Syed on November 9, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    This should be properly handled by PCB, and need to investigated. I think the other guys in the team might not be that strong and they bow to these fixers. In my perception, a high official from PCB is also involved.

  • Satish on November 9, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Well said. PCB and ICC saying that he should have told the PCB is a bunch of baloney. The point here is that Haider did not trust the PCB. What if he felt that the man who threatened is connected to the higher-ups at PCB? I would have done the same thing in that situation. Lambs can never trust the lions.

  • Ahmad Zubairi on November 9, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Well if few months ago team management sends you back for a minor injury after making a fighting 88 against England you would not trust that management. There is strong suspicion that people in team management are involved. It is intersting that after England tour the security officer who should have been taken to task is till part of the team.who knows how many other powerful people in Pakistan are making money with this. I feel for the Zulqurnain and admire his integrity. I think it is not insane what he did one has to understand the pressure he was in. ICC rules are useless they cant protect anyone. Ahmad Zubairi Ann Arbor MI

  • Intelligent Man on November 9, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    I think Zulqarnain made just the right move. This clearly shows corrupt elements still hanging around in the team and also within the PCB management. Furthermore, what other options he had? Disclosing the threats to the team management means putting himself in more trouble. Unfortunately no one trusts PCB.

    Instead of ridiculing Zulqarnain I think you must appreciate his courage. Now its very important for him to disclose all the stories and bring the evil to the picture.

  • Rashid on November 9, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    I think he is a hero, British authorities should help him and at the same time Pakistani media and people should support his efforts. I don't trust the current PCB administration as as well the current government. They are all corrupt, dishonest, and can't be trusted.

  • Rauf on November 9, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Any of these two scenarios can fit here,

    1) Majority of the PCB and some players are upto their necks in match fixing and the only way out for Zulqarnain was to slip away to UK and seek protection there.

    I want to believe him and it maybe the case that he does not trust PCB or other players hence took off to UK BUT why not contact Dubai police first. Normal reaction to this situation would have been to contact the nearest (Dubai) police or fly back to the safety of his home in Lahore. Maybe he doesn't trust the local authorities in Pakistan just like 80% of the population. Remember that he was sent back from UK unceremoniously even after scoring 80 in one of the test matches in the middle of spot fixing scandal. Looked like someone in PCB didn't like the effort.

    2) He made up the whole thing to claim asylum in the UK for himself and his family.

    I want to go with #1 but I keep leaning towards #2 as something does not add up.

  • me2 on November 9, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    This is just an act to live in UK or seek immigration etc what a drama queen he is.

    Kamran - these types of threats are not new and I believe good players have faced these before...remember Wasim Akram and the quarter final of 1996? The irony is that he is not even that good to be threaten :-)Wake up world! Mark my words he will come back in the cricket after he got what he is after i.e. life in UK. How early he has requested to have his family with him in the UK. These type of self interested players have put us to shame around the world and I can not dare to imagine how lukcy these Akmal brothers are...the moment you think Kamran Akaml is out he is back in side...

  • zia on November 9, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    The ICC should ban Pakistan from all forms of cricket with an immediate effect. Because of Pakistan, I lost interest in cricket. When this drama will come to an end?

  • rajdev on November 9, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Good article Kamran. When the administration (PCB and whoever else runs Pakistan cricket) as a body is toxic, then the symptoms -like Zulquanain's escape, and other events -- are bound to keep happening. I am not saying anything new, but it is worth saying these things one more time. Rajan

  • Younas on November 9, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    I am absolutely agreed with Kamran here. He is a young prospect for Pakistan Cricket need some trustable advice and protection from PCB and Government. He showed here lot of courage by not kneeling against whatever threat he was under by not doing as he was told to. Pakistan cannot afford to lose another youngster like Mohammed Amir as most of the senior players are standing on their last of careers.

  • Gohar on November 9, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    God Knows Well!! But what i think he becomes so confused that he don't understand what he's doing, or May be Team Management involved in setting up this episode. Whatever is this he must have thought all this before joining team.

  • Kat on November 9, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    It is a case of Mistrust. No trust amongst players, players & officials, them & polititians, everybody & media. Cricket in Pakistan has reached to a stage where it is becoming a victim of Pakistan's main problem, "corruption & dishonesty". Nobody believes nobody. It is a scary situation indeed, considering the amount of problems seen by Pakistan, in general & pakistani cricket, in particular, in the recent past. Zulqarnain Haider is just latest example in the series. Cleaning up Pakistan cricket is not that easy. Pakistani society needs to be cleaned first. One more country would go in the same path if it's society doesn't clean-up is India.

  • Dr. K Naeem on November 9, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    He has made up this story to get asylum in UK. Why a bookie would threaten somebody to fix matches whose position in the team is not certain. He is technically flawed wicketkeeper with very slow reflexes. He knows that Kamran Akmal would be there for at least 10 yrs as No. 1 wicketkeeper.

  • Gokul on November 9, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Perhaps a bookie made a vague threat (with no intention of carrying the threat out). Most cricketers would have ignored the bookie, but Haider being inexperienced and possibly a tad naive may have taken it a little too seriously. Nothing else sounds reasonable enough to be true, I mean this is not a Bollywood movie, is it?

  • Zia Ullah on November 9, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Very good written piece. I strongly believe that Zulqarnain's doing all this was very right. He thought on every thing happening to him did not wanted to sell his country, did not wanted to give harm to his family, sacrificed his dream of playing for Pakistan on International level instead of indulging in corruption. He planned very well, did not trust his board, did not trust his team management, did not trust his country's corrupt government. Being a troubled Pakistani I would do exactly what Haider did if I was him.

    Zulqarnain Haider is definitely a whistleblower !!! Protect him and reach out to him !!!

    What a shame........PCB banned him instead of protecting him. That's how they work and it proves Haider's decision of not trusting them.

  • Imran Ul-Haque on November 9, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    I think we should wait & see. Unfortunately we (including our media & former players) are very fond of jumping into conclusion without having credible information just for making headlines or breaking news. Although it seems embarrassing for Pakistani cricket but it may also give a chance to reach the culprits causing all this mess in cricketing world.

  • Omar on November 9, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Shocking News.... What is the role of PCB, they cant even arrange good security for their players... Players should be educated regarding these issues before any tour.... Zulqarnain's name has been added to the list of Youngster who has lost their track due to Careless Attitude of Cricket Board..

  • muzaffar on November 9, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    It is not the talent of Umar Akmal, Class of Yousaf or Experience of Younis that wins us the matches and i cannot remember any won by these guys. It is always the passion, the will to win which wins us the matches, may that be Imran khan or Zulqarnain. Its a pitty the way our cricket board is running its affairs, its the worse Board in the history of the World Cricket....I dont blame him for not trusting the board. PCB is like Pakistan Government, Corrupt, Uncapable and shameless and its dragging us pakistanis into a deep black hole and unfortunately the things will only change with the new Government if that happens.

  • SoFarAway on November 9, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and now Haider.

    Why does it seem that all players who have shown promise to be good future of Pak cricket have been targeted?

  • Javed Butt on November 9, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    Pakistan team should immediately seek medical help others players how to cop such pressures. They should never give their passport back or pay special att. to the one who ask.

  • Fahad Khan on November 9, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    If you ask me, its a drama to get asylum in UK. He thought that in the current air, his claims might be believable, and he doesn't seem to have a career in the national team, so why not get a UK passport ! what an idiot.

  • thomas on November 9, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Should Pakistan play cricket with all this confusion? Should they be asked to set their house in order before coming back to international cricket

  • Arif Hussain on November 9, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    Kamran... whatever sembelnce of objectivity you want to portray is lost on that one sided headliner... The term troubled mind, may mean one thing in the textbook but may have entirely different connotations in the generic use.

    To me, he is one guy that has made the right decision not to be a participant in match fixing. Why did he not go to PCB, they are probably complicit or just as bad, powerless. Why did he not go to the ICC, they can only slap band and fines, they cannot protect or be of benefit. Is it surprizing that they have no respect left. Then Mr. Lorgat has the audacity to say that he should have gone to the ACU (or whatever they are called these days... ) This guy deserves our support, not condemnation as being of a troubled (or closely termed.. unsound) mind. Yes he is not perfect, and yes he is seeking attention, but I think if handled properly only good things can come out of this on a broader scale. The authorities should not be defensive, they should be helping him!

  • Muhammed Sayyed on November 9, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Well said Mr. Abbasi. At first I thought he is a trouble kid as him not trusting anyone does raise some concerns. But, again the corrupt nature of Pakistan Cricket Board could make anyone wonder. Even ICC can not trust anyone in the management or team except a few names.

    I think you put it right that it will help outsider to understand the culture and pressure on Pakistan Team and players while playing for their country. I remember when I asked once Tauseef Ahmed and Salim Malik about internal politics in Pakistan Cricket team and Imran Khan....Tauseef Ahmed just smiled and walked away. Salim Malik laughed and said well I wanna play my cricket first...may be after retirement I can write a book on Pakistan Cricket and a separate book on Imran Khan.

    Lets hope he is telling the truth and really exposing something instead of just cooking something up for Political Asylum in UK. He did raise some doubts by asking authorities to send his family to UK.

    Just my two cents..

  • Rizwan Takkhar on November 9, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Thank you for writing this, seriously. The comments I've been hearing about how Haider's move is wrong have extremely saddened me. Ahh well, I just wish we can get something out of this. The match-fixing mafia seems too large a body to be defeated.

  • Shaheryar on November 9, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    OFF COURSE HE DID THE RIGHT THING. Who is their right mind would trust the ever incompetent PCB with the safety of their family? Hes absolutely right, in England his family has atleast some sort of chance, and atleast he knows that those we are meant to protect him arent corrupt to the core.

  • bharath on November 9, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    If what he says is true, my heart reaches out to him. I hope he is coaxed and assured enough to be able to get back to his game at the earliest. I remember his test match innings against England or Australia where he showed a lot of guts and character. I wish cricket does not lose him.

  • M. Nazir on November 9, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    A very sad day indeed. What pushed this young man, into doing what he did?? Giving up a carrier which every youngster dreams of. Of course he could not count on his own cricket board, the shambles that it is in. Of course he could not trust his own security services, the state that they are in right now. And very sensibly did not want to put his team mates in any trouble by talking to them. He did what he thought best and sought shelter in a country he thought still believed in justice and fair play. Totally agree with you when you say that right now he needs our support and understanding. His heart is definitely in the right place. May GOD protect you and your family young man.

  • Muhammad M Khan on November 9, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    If not for the sake of a players saftey then for the sake of avoiding a law suit, I seriously hope both the PCB and especially the ICC take Zulqarnain's issue carefully. The kid is outright telling the whole world tha the was approached by a guy (maybe more) to fix matches and he went against it and now he feels like his life is in danger. If the ICC gave a darn about keeping the game clean then they have step up and now wait till the issue reaches them and protect this kid and get to the buttom on what happened. This is your chance ICC, cowboy up and do the RIGHT thing.

  • M. Nazir on November 9, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    A very sad day indeed. What pushed this young man, into doing what he did?? Giving up a carrier which every youngster dreams of. Of course he could not count on his own cricket board, the shambles that it is in. Of course he could not trust his own security services, the state that they are in right now. And very sensibly did not want to put his team mates in any trouble by talking to them. He did what he thought best and sought shelter in a country he thought still believed in justice and fair play. Totally agree with you when you say that right now he needs our support and understanding. His heart is definitely in the right place. May GOD protect you and your family young man.

  • Akram Paswal on November 9, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    ZH may have a troubled mind but he certainly has guts. I hope he spills all the beans and exposes all the corrupt players and officials currently selling their honour for money. He deserves our full support.

  • Fahai Media on November 9, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    I doubt involvement of Akmal Mafia in whole case.

  • Mubassir Ahmad on November 9, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Abbasi, who has true insight of whats going on with that gentle game in Pakistan.What happened to the father of renowned fast bowler in past is a street story in Pakistan. Anyway string is too long and you cant reach the end.But I dont agree with the way it came out and traumatized Hyder dramatized it.Still spicy stories yet to come, pinching the true lovers of the game. Mubassir Ahmad (Dr) Toronto, Canada

  • Bala Vasireddi on November 9, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    My kudos to what Zulqarnain has done!!! As you rightly point out... given what is going on, he could not trust anybody within the present system (i.e. PCB) and the path he has chosen is very hard and lonely.

    He definitely needs our understanding and support!!! Am hoping he'll be able to getthe support of other Pakistan cricketers who are under similar circumstances...so he won't be alone.

    -Bala

  • Dr Meister on November 9, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Let's see what the ICC will do ... will they protect him?

  • Azfar on November 9, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Well...Pakistan Cricket's difficulties cease to end. This episode is even more puzzling than those preceding this. What can prompt a young man who is apparently doing well to take such a drastic step...I agree with Kamran that there has to be extreme provocation. Or had Zulqarnain already planned this? How else can you get the visa to UK so quickly? Well one thing is clear, he has no faith in the Pakistan Cricket establishment. I am absolutely amazed how Ijaz Butt is still managing to hold on as the PCB cheif. He has made Pak cricket a 'butt' of jokes the world over. It is obvious that the players still have the ability to beat the best but the Cricket establishment is in shambles. Mr Butt has to be kicked at immediately.

  • GK on November 9, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Kamran, Thank you for showing compassion for thsi young man in your article. Well written, and I agree, "...only an extreme cynic would think otherwise...". Hope that someone like Imran Khan who has a financial base in the UK will help this young man financially.

  • suresh shukla on November 9, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    It seems that its impossible for a pak player to remain clean. They are corrupted either by money or by threats. So, will it not be in thier favour and in Cricket's favour if pakistan is banned from cricket? I know people will say that not every player is corrupt and we should not punish the entire team. But don't we know now, what happens to those in pakistan who chose to remain honest? Now please don't tell me that I am saying this because I am an Indian. I will say the same thing for Indian team if they ever get into such a mess.....

  • Jamal M Chaudhry on November 9, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Another talent gone wasted. Zulqarnain Haider is not the only one who has been biten by the PCB's malfunction policies. This whole episode may lighten how bad the board is being run by the current position holders. May be he has not adopted the correct way of demonstration but he has certainly put question marks on the conduct and ethics the current board, whole management and the team including players carry with themselves. I hope for the best for him and also for the Pakistan cricket for which he has sacrificed his entire cricket career.

  • Waqas ur Rahman on November 9, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Its too early to predict any thing. Yes, he wasnt talented but he definitely had the guts. There was more determination on his face than most of the experienced ones but still this act isnt justified.

    Running from hotel and then surfacing in England and probably (will) asking for asylum. And then calling his whole family to come to UK and feeling safer there.

    To me this was all planned.

    I dont want to doubt him but when i look at what he did, i cant believe him.

    He wasn't that important a member of Pakistan team. With Akmal ( though i dont like him and would want to see out of Pakistan team) back, he might not have played for longer time so would a bookie waste him money on him. Especially when he doesn't bat up the order.

    On top of that going to England knowing how their media is going to react to the situation is not justified. Now my further worries are that hopefully he wont do anything silly there.I would have rather agreed with what Rashid did when he faced same situation

  • has on November 9, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    I think the big fish is the part of team management or a team player. Zulqarnain should show the name of this bloody fish who is threatening the crickters.

  • sam on November 9, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Cricket and everything associated with Pakistan are corrupt. No place there for good people. So he can't stand and play while threat on his life. Other cricketers are involved in match fixing is not by their own. All by the threat by the people like Dawood like gangs.

  • Nitin on November 9, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    The guy needs to be protected and praised. He is a fighter, a patriot, and an honest man. He might be emotional, but it is normal for a young, hotheaded person in his situation to react in the way he did.

    And, Dr. Abbasi, I strongly suggest you change the title of this article. It suggests that Zulqarnain has mental problems. It partially discredits much of what you say in the article.

  • affie on November 9, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Its hard to believe that a man can escape when some greatness is knocking at his doorsteps. Is PCB involved in it, or its a part of some other bigger game against Pakistani cricket? still unable to understand!!!!! why he was sent home after making 88 in a test match. Is really Kamran Akmal belongs to a mafia gang? does anybody know something what the truth is?

  • Tilakratne on November 9, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Nice try on spinning it, blame the guy who is running scared. The truth is that malaise goes a lot deeper than people have realized till date. Even younger players are involved in the scandal and most of them are trapped. I had the funny feeling during entire series, there was an orchestrated feel to quite a few matches lately.

  • Asim Khan on November 9, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Well the saga continues, just when it seemed we were turning the corner this happens. This maybe begining of the end of Pak cricket as know it, hopefully Haider will reveal the true extent of the match fixing that is crippling our cricket. Why did he not goto the board - perhaps they too are involved. Whatever the outcome i wish Zulqernain all the best and applaud the brave decision he has made for initially airing his reasons for his actions, lets hope he follows his convictions and reveals all he knows so that something can be done and action taken against the culprits (players, board members & bookies).

  • sachin on November 9, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Please protect Zulqarnain he is wonderful cricketer, he has problem and u have help him. Its ok that he leaved from dubai not informing anyone but it means he was really having some dangerous threat and he choose to get out of it. I hope he will be well protected and will resume cricket as early as possibly. May god help him.

  • Ehsan on November 9, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    His actions do look exaggerated. Was the threat so bad? Was the danger to his life so great that he felt the need to run to England? Also he cannot be classed as a match-winner in the team, so it is questionable why bookies/mafia or anyone would place so much emphasis on targetting him. With all due respect, given scandal-after-scandal, a temporary break for Pakistan Cricket may not necessarily be a bad thing. This would be a well-deserved lesson for those (Zardari) who appoint chronies.

  • Jonners on November 9, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Never mind the betting mafia being investigated for match fixing, surely the Pakistan Team management should be under investigation for forcing their players to practice without holding a bat!

  • Ali on November 9, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Kamran Bhai. This is typical Pakistani act. You will find out that this lad is also not very innocient. He was fined one night before for coming five minutes late. Where were he at that time? Having dinner with ????????

    Who in the rightful mind will run away to live in England, where Pakistanis are not welcomed anymore and leave the glory of Pakistani cricket.

    Indian State mafia is after us, they are going after our each and every entertainment. This is long term policy of Indians, they are winning in short term but we have trust in Allah, one day these culprits will be exposed.

  • Faisal Butt Glasgow on November 9, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    This could well be a complete fabrication and a nice ploy to seek political asylum in UK. Thats the cynical view.

    OR most likely, it exposes what we already know, that cricket, esp. subcontinent cricket (played in Middle East) has deep rooted links to spot fixing.

    Its interesting how the Indians (namely - BCCI) have gone very quiet on the issue, taking the tact, out of sight is out of mind!

    Regrettably it means that the Akmal brothers (3 times the tantrums now) would have a monopoly on the team.

    Not related but equally important, can someone please force Imran Farhat to retire from Pak cricket. This would be for the betterment of the team. A clear example of nepotism within the PCB.

  • Tahir on November 9, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Big time liar. He's gone there for UK citizenship.

    A cheap and nasty ploy of building up a case which the UK Govt will easily buy into. As he said, he could not sell his mother, surely he could have been equally bold to die for his country.

    Well all the best. He will be well pampered by the UK taxpayer, including a 1600 pounds a month house rent and other expenses and all Christmas bonus thrown in as a good measure.

  • aziz on November 9, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    I fail to understand why in the world Zul gets the threats.There are

    world class players in the Indian squad and other taems,and nothing has ever happened to any of them. Ithink this may be the plan or sudden thought by zul that in pakistan team you perform twenty times and if fail once you are out and there is no security so it is better to take shelter at some place where you are secured.

  • Sajid Idrees on November 9, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    ' To me, this is the behaviour of a man whose heart is in the right place, only an extreme cynic would think otherwise.'

    I think that pretty much explains the story that has already been played infront of us and what media will keep on showing us in the coming days. Not giving and thought to the notion that there is a force behind this and the whole match fixing fiasco (every now and than) currently dedicated the Pakistan Cricket Team is perhaps deep down in every country so rotten that even ICC can't handle it. The man just needs to be left alone and that's the best support Pakistan can offer him, coz thats what a man needs after walking out on a career he has worked towards through tears n pain, being away with the national team when his mother died and yet away when his father had a stroke, At the second instant the entire team made around 200runs out of which 88 were to Haider's name...that's committment by a who would not faulter..and he's rightly called the country 'mother'

  • surya on November 9, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    a good article.Rarely do we see people associated with a sport empathise with the psychological concerns of a sportsman and you are right about haider deserving some understanding not criticism.He has done something unusual and sensible people will only help him get out of the mess rather than pushing him further down the abyss.His well being herein is necessary both for the team and himself.Acts like this though will make outsiders more and more skeptical about pakistani cricket though.

  • Wilson Javaid on November 9, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    The way Zulqarnain has left Dubai, and the teams, has left us making wild guesses. It suggests that PCB is either helpless or is supporting the people who are behind this whole thing and that players are aware of this. I think He should have taken the team manager or some other responsible person in confidence but off course we are unaware of the whole circumstances that he went through. Despite all this my sympathies are with him.

  • Zill on November 9, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    One more tournament, one more incident. It has become a pattern for Pakistan Cricket. It all seems surreal. Can't even imagine, some one (an international player) would be so frieghtened off to quit his career and go hiding.

    This whole fixing and betting thing is getting very very serious now and I think the whole cricket world should start looking at it beyond Pakistan and try to root it out. I miss the good old days of cricket when even the umpires who made mistakes were respected. Ah!

  • Jamal on November 9, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    I think he is not telling the truth, he is just seeking Poltical Assaylam knowing, knowing that he is not a potential wicketkeeper nor he has any chance in the team because Akamal Brothers are manuplating lot in the team Keep in mind his injury related story and was dropped from the final eleven during the England tour regardless of hi super 88 runs.

  • Omar on November 9, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Or maybe he did all this drama to get British citizenship? I highly doubt that anyone ever approached him. He knew that he could not take his place for granted in Pakistan team so he took advantage of bad situation with Pak cricket and trying to turn it into an advantage for himself and seeking asylum in England. What an idiot we had in our team but then again we have so many others. From Haider part, this seem to be a well thought plan but British official should see to it to make sure he does not get asylum.

  • Mohammad A Qayyum on November 9, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    So right. And to think he has just gotten banned for life. Without hearing. Compare this with how PCB went to bat for Asif, Butt and Amir. How they were innocent until proven guilty.

    Another Rashid Latif ?

    His response may have been rather addleheaded, but did he fix matches? Hit his colleague with a bat ? Use drugs ? Fix matches ? Spotfixed ? Assault someone ?

  • @mir on November 9, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    its a bad day for pakistan cricket

  • sam pearce on November 9, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    It is really about time someone on the inside of this business had the guts, & then the protection, to stand up & tell exactly what is going on - Haider has almost done it but he needs encouragement to complete what he has started.

  • Masaood Yunus on November 9, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Bizarre and curious case of Zulqarnain episode. This case also highlights the immaturity of youngsters in Pakistan's team. One way or the other, they display immaturity on regular intervals. Whether its begin caught with Alcohol at the age of 20 in Abu Dhabi or mysteriously disappearing on the morning of a Final game, and giving away all what you have worked for all your life. We can clearly see why players are so insecure in the team. Players banned for no reason and then egos tied to their return is kind of a behavior that you expect from kids, yes KIDS. The board is shameless and bears equal blame for this mishap. Unfortunately, the people to fix it are the people who messed it up at the first place. So, no hope ! Zulqarnain episode sets the stage for future talent acquisition and their promotion. Only God knows his motives at the time, but his story just don't fit together well. Whatever he is driven by, we have sympathy as well as condemnation for his behavior.

  • Bilal Saeed on November 9, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Regardless of his state of mind, the problem stems from a much deeper root in the corrupt network of our country's government. Why bring in the government? Well since the PCB patron is none other than the "main man in the office" himself suddenly it all becomes clear. Anyway, rather than going too much into politics, it is simply the case of erradicating this vile transaction from the top. Once that is achieved, the effect will slowly but surely trickle down into cricket as well.

    Second, why have we not yet seen a drastic change in the board is just beyond me. If Haider was the only player to rightly protect himself and come out with it in public then who knows how many other players had been subjected/succumbed to this attack before him. Would not be surprised if the matches we lost in this series were also fixed. Our cricket at the moment is trapped in a downwards spiralling ladder. Small fixes will not fix this, we need a major overhaul.

  • Ali on November 9, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    There are only 2 aspects of this drama. 1- if he got threats, he was in dubai if he didnt trust pcb or team he could have gone to dubai police ( one of the best for law & order). going to uk doesnt seems a good option & its a childsh behaviour if THREATS r real. 2- though nothing confirmed as of yet but some voices in pak media clearly understands tht this is just to get Asylum in UK under UK law. and if there are real threats the sooner he speaks is better.

  • Shirwan Khan on November 9, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Kamran bahi,

    I couldn't agree with you more, in his short stint, he came across as a very amiable and humble person. There is no smoke without fire, i hope exposes all information he has. The PCB will mock and discredit him, but I hope everyone accountable is named and shamed.

  • saqib on November 9, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    I wish all the best to zulqi and I hope that he exposes any personale within or outside the team who is directly involved in this curruption.

  • Naga Venkatesh Jayanthi on November 9, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    Zulqarnain Haider certainly needs a lot of help. As the author says, his actions are of a desperate man with all the avenues closed. The fact that he did not approach PCB initially and the Pakistan High Commission in the UK when he arrived in London points to the potential depth and seriousness the current problems that Pakistan cricket is plagued with.

  • abdou on November 9, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    I THINK EX CRICKETERS OF REPUTE LIKE IMRAN KHAN SHOULD HELP HIM OUT AND GET INTO HIS MINDSET TO GET THE ENTIRE PICTURE AS THIS WILL HELP PAKISTAN CRICKET IN PARTICULAR AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRICKET COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE

  • Riaz on November 9, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Pakistani media is saying that quite possible that News of the World is behind this episode and they have been meeting zulqarnain and have tried to created this situation. It has been alleged the reporter mazhar travelled with z to london in the same flight.

  • Saeed on November 9, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    He has done this only for entering and settling in the UK. I believe that he will be kicked back from the UK. By looking at his wicket keeping and batting performance in the current series he knew that he will be expelled from the squad. As a result he acted this way. He wanted to have a secured life in the UK by making false stories. I hope that the officials of the ICC will be clever enough to understand this and stop any such happenings in the future.

  • wildhogs on November 9, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    haider shud hv actd like a mn wat a cowardly act another big let downn

  • Arif on November 9, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Zulqarnain is playing games, his career was not going anywhere, all this he is doing at the momment is to secure Asylum for himself and his family so that they can live in England.why he chose to come to UK and not go back to Pakistan to protect his family is beyond me. Why would any one want to kill himm or his family unless he had some arrangment with them, i can bet my bottom Dollar all this is because he want asulum for himself and his family!!

  • Abhinav Jain on November 9, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Before critisizing the poor chap... what i am thinking is just speculation but could it be a possibility, that the board and most of the team are pretty much involved in the whole thing with the unlawful elements and realizing this the guy had pretty much no option but to run away. That why he did not report anything to anyone, because they themselves are the threat. But this might very well be just part of my imagination.

  • ranalad on November 9, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    What can one say? The problem is not with Pakistan cricket. It is with these corrupt bookmakers offering all this money to the players. If they can hurt his family, losing a cricket match doesn't seem like much of a sacrifice in the end. Especially in a country like Pakistan where you believe such deeds could occur as opposed to somewhere like Australia or England. Before you judge these players for 'spot-fixing' you need to remember that they might not have willing done it - even if they did get paid good money.

  • Waqar Imran on November 9, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    I think he doesnt realize that playing for Pakistan is a faar better financial opportunity than settling in UK. Cant stop shaking my head in disgust when i think about all this Drama. I am sorry i dont buy his story, i live abroad and i know what people do for assylum, he went too far and he doesnt realize that he opted for a very bad deal! Another promising pakistani cricket careeer goes down the drain!

  • Asif on November 9, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Well said Kamran... Its time the external world realizes the dangers these players face in their daily lives... These bookies are not just a bunch of guys hanging out in the bar and placing bets on the match being shown live... Its in fact a big Mafia, and i hate to say this, but i think the corruption in cricket is very deep rooted. It takes a courageous person like Zoni to walk out of an international career where we has done almost nothing wrong yet.. He played a match winning test match innings a few months ago, and here he is again, playing another match winning innings in an ODI.

    Good luck Zoni, and may the truth come out soon....

  • Waqas Raza on November 9, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    I whole heartedly agree with your article. What people need to understand is that it would take a lot for someone to walk out on his dream in this way. To think of it he actually went against the will of the 'orders' he was sent and won Pakistan the match in the 4th ODI towards the end. That's a sign of an honest man. I mean how could he ever trust the PCB whose own employees have been murdered in the past ie. Pakistan team coach Bob Woolmer. In my opinion its the PCB that has failed this young stand up guy and not the other way round. Hypothetically speaking if PCB is the parent and Zulqarnain Haidar is the child shouldn't PCB have been a more trusted worty parent in this case? Why did Zulqarnain Haidar have such little faith in the cricket board? Mr. Haidar needs to follow this up with another right deed and expose each and everyone who has brought these circumstances upon him.

  • ahsan tarique on November 9, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    RUBBISH TEAM, RUBBISH FIXER, RUBBISH PERFORMANCE, RUBBISH PCB, RUBBISH MENTALITY AND EVERYTHING RUBBISH

  • Pedro on November 9, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Why is noone asking the simple question...did he take the cash, and not play his role, like Gibbs in India. Why would these bookies get so aggressive with a young asset that they are trying to tap up for years to come? If he is so afraid for his family, why did he get to the safety of London then break the news. He wanted to get his side of the story out early...I think he took the cash, and didnt do the business...

  • Reece on November 9, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    The PCB is in shambles and can’t be trusted, I don’t blame Haider for turning his back on them, I think what the board should do is appoint a sexy blonde as the team manager; I would rather go to her with my problems than to Intikab Alam...

  • Rediah on November 9, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    how can we believe Haider. None of the other players have made such an outrageous claims of being threaten in a way where they had to fear for their lives and gone into hiding, who is Haider? He is no Gilchrest nor Dhoni, so basically he is saying all the Pakistani players have sold themselves because they are all alive and not running for their lives OR they are all dead as they were honest like him and being replaced by their duplicates but he managed to run away and now the story is out.

    Its load of crap, the minute he went missing i knew its the case of asylum so all i can say to him is, enjoy rest of you life living being sulmann rushdie neighbor

  • Sarkish on November 9, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Dear Abbasi, There is no law and order in Pakistan, and PCB's current management doesn't inspire any confidence that they could have or would have handled the situation without making it worse at the cost of irreparable damage to the player or his family. He has acted shrewdly in making this decision. Atleast in the UK, he can trust the system. Calls for him to disclose everything are not fair. Considering Jeff Lawson's account of a very real threats culture in Pak cricket, and Bob Woolmer's mysterious death, the risks are very tangible. He's tried to do the honorable thing. Lets not make him pay the price for it. ICC and PCB and law enforcing authorities need to step up and do their job. They have enough resources to tackle this without getting innocent players hurt.

  • pak_cric_lover on November 9, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    whatever is the case with Zulqarnain.....one thing is crystal clear PCB is not in right hands to administrate & manage the Pakistan cricket.Its another question mark for the team management......another shame for pakistan.....i am very sad about the happenings outside field.

  • imran on November 9, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    i see an end to pak cricket in near future.

  • Omar on November 9, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Its most unfortunate that this young man couldn't seek the protection of his board or his country. I wonder how much longer we can continue to live with this regime.

  • yasser on November 9, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    the guy is a terrible batsmen. lots of guts and what not but you cannot be picked in international cricket as a wicketkeeper if you cannot bat. ok maybe there is an argument against this for test matches but certainly not for ODI's nor Pro20's. The Pakistani nation should take this positively - 1.A player not worthy of selection is now retired and 2.Hopefully he will expose lots of corruption, bribery and match-fixing ppl in the pakistani camp so that it gets cleaned up once and for all!

  • Thomas Ratnam on November 9, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Unfortunately Zulqarnain Haider's story is a bit too far fetched. What drove him to this extreme step is what needs to be investigated. Is the threat real or perceived? My guess is that he will be back in Pakistan and out of retirement within 12 months. Whether he will play international cricket is another isssue altogether.

  • Kattja on November 9, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    I have always had my suspicion that certain individuals within the PCB itself is involved in match fixing! Take a look at the fifth Pak-SA ODI match, doesn't certain player's performance warrants questions??? Haider obviously felt he coudn't trust anyone within the team or officials! I wouldn't be too surprised if he name names at a later stage! Really very very sad state of affairs.

  • Srini on November 9, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    The fact that Haider didn't confide in his team members or officials is a clear indication that he suspected some sort of collusion between them and match fixers being close to the team for a while now.

    I hope that his cricketing career is not over yet. If he were to be given asylum and play his game in Eng, there is still some hope he might play for Eng in future. Who knows?.

  • Naveed Abid on November 9, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    I am not able to understand what is the problem with haider he is not trusting PCB very strange well it seems there is some serious problem and who knows there is same problem with butt and Aamir we need to clean PCB before doing anything.Players please speak up for your country and donot be afriad life is given for once and one should live it on his own principles.

  • Azhar on November 9, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    I dont know where to start from. Pakistani cricketers have to go through so much to represent their country. But I do salute Zulqarnain. He may have taken the wrong step but his heart is in the right place. I feel bad for our cricketers (who are honest like Zulqarnain). This incident will bring a lot of attention to Pakistan (again for all the wrong reasons) but may be people will start understanding the unique problems our cricketers face. 1. If a player is corrupt then he is a burden on the team. 2. If a player is not corrupt, then all these things (threats, etc) weigh on his mind. How is that player going to perform?

    Rashid Lateef, Basit Ali, Saeed Anwar and now Zulqarnain are some of the players that wanted to do the right thing and did not sell their country. I wish the best to Zulqarnain and players like him. We need them!

  • Zohaib on November 9, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    Kamran, I do agree with u. He has taken this action in extreme conditions as no intellactual will let this International Career go down the drain, but he is worried about his family and even he didn't had the money to survive in the UK as its really expensive he still took the action and flewd to the UK without telling anyone. This action however (of without telling the Mgt) suggests that some officials or the team guys themselves could be involved in this, and I believe that match-fixing is flowing like cancer in the Blood of our Cricket team, and its there in the world not only in Pakistan, but they are well-hidden underground!

  • mohammed saghir on November 9, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    its very sad to see all this,the crickerters are a product of a corrupt,inhuman and malfunctioning country that is Pakistan..allah helps us all...this is coming from a pakistani..

  • PK.Fan.. on November 9, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    I am with Zulqarnain, you really need lots of guts to do this, at this stage you can not trust your own people. Cricket seems no more pride to PK but just another type of business, pretty much everyone I see looks corrupt. If a person is surrounded by all bunch of hypocrites than all you have left is to be one of them, but I just hope that this step of Zulqarnain will bring names out, and all guilty people should be penalize and had ban for lifetime. If this includes all players than do that as well, PK have loads of talent, in this way they will have chance to show their talent as well as we will see clean cricket in future..

  • Maissom Abbasi on November 9, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    A great post Mr. Abbasi!

    Something beyond the limits occurred that forced him to leave his career altogether. I wonder when did he receive the threat? Was it while he was batting and someone came (in exchange of gloves, a usual way of sending across the message in tight games) to threaten him, meaning it was someone within the team? Or was it someone outside? If the later, it would have been much easier to inform the management. If not, it does not seem logical to complain to someone who IS the culprit. I dare not say that it was the case.

  • Zahid Altaf on November 9, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Its clear the problem lies with the PCB itself and particularly Mr Ijaz Butt. Instead of aknowledging that the problem exists in Pakistan cricket, he is more intent on blaming others. Its extremely shameful and a total slap on the face of the PCB that Zulqurnain felt more comfortable talking to the British Media than his own employers.

  • Zahid Altaf on November 9, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    Its clear the problem lies with the PCB itself and particularly Mr Ijaz Butt. Instead of aknowledging that the problem exists in Pakistan cricket, he is more intent on blaming others. Its extremely shameful and a total slap on the face of the PCB that Zulqurnain felt more comfortable talking to the British Media than his own employers.

  • Ifti on November 9, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Kamran, I am indeed troubled by Zulqarnain's motivation to not only skip Dubai for UK but to announce retirement. I wish him well, and pray that he exposes the people and the players behind corruption in Pakistan cricket. I was hoping Aamer would have plea bargained as was being reported earlier, alas this did not happen. Unlike Aamer, I am sure Zulqarnain for the love and respect he has shown for Pakistan will expose these criminals.

  • Gora on November 9, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    As always suspected,high (or even highest) officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board were involved in the match fixings.While the poor players took the risks and the blames,these officials behind the scene took the risk-free lion's share of the money earned illegally.How could Zulqarnain ask these officials for protection without risking his life?He did the right thing to secretly flee from the clutches of these vicious officials.I suspect ICC and all those around cricket management,including the journalists,know the sordid facts but dare not tell the truth for fear of their lives and careers.It is a hopeless situation.The anti-corruption drive is only an eye wash and will be limited to punishing defenseless players like Amir and Salman Buttt.

  • Syed Danish Bilal on November 9, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    If I'd be in his place, I wouldn't go to PCB either. He is right, you can't trust no body in PCB and in Pakistani government.

  • Muntazir on November 9, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    At all times,Haider has oppositions to cut down him. This is not eventual,Syed is a big problem for other people.

  • Vinay on November 9, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    this is height..pak shud be banned for at least 10 years to get the things in order..

  • Haroon Alvi on November 9, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Zulqernain Haider is a very brave man, it takes a lot of guts to put everything at stake and do what you think is right. His bravery might also put some light on how and why do players get involved in match fixing, and the extend of problem that exists. Even though he has areas to improve on, but he has got the mind of a leader, and a brave lion, and he should be given credit for it. Trust me, if I had to choose between trusting Zardari, Ijaz Butt and on the other hand David Cameron (pm of uk), I would go for Cameron without thinking twice. And I think that his decision is perfectly justified.

  • Swami on November 9, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Haider will be back in Pakistan team for the WC.

  • syed on November 9, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Just one more indication of how serious things are. You are right he must have dreamt of playing for Pakistan both while awake and asleep every day. But in none of his dreams does this twist was revealed that there would be physical danger of other than getting hit by the ball. It is about time that the honest and upright are rewarded and get the respect and position they deserve. We are paying the price of bowing to the powerfuls in the 80s and 90s, one rule (read no rules) for powerful and glamorous and another for others

  • ali on November 9, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    100% is true what u write... i being a fan, i saw his game this year n can calculate, his mind n body language is childish like 12 years old boy.he is making a drama totally bcoz on sunday he was being fined on disciplinery basis n 2nd he knew the team changes for final ODI..he is thinking uk is safe..he said he is loyal for pakistan but he doesn't know what that england did with pakistan recently. now pakistan is unsafe for this kind of irresponsible, indicipline person..we accept ur decision n u should take rest n protection in england....

  • vinodmulchandani on November 9, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Zulqarnain's behaviour has cost the pakistanis 5th odi match , If he ever he did receive any threats , and you do not trust any body , you also had seniors in the team such as Shaid afridi , Younis khan , Mohd yusuf and abdul razzaq they are trust worthy been around for some time now , he should hve straight away gone to these guys seeking for help or the best and smart thing to do was to lay a trap those guilty party by pretending that he is in with them and smartly traping them all ofcousre with te help of his team pcb & icc and getting the people behind to harsh punishments not to be he is blown away a golden opportunity or perhaps who knows he is just pretending has accpeted huge sum by running away might be for some cheap publicity only time will tell whats the truth i wish for this pakistani team feel very sorry for them they hve a problem being solved the 3 players and here they are again another problem has arrived god bless pakistani team. Vinod mulchandani Bangalore

  • Dikshit Phukan on November 9, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    I am from India and despite that i ve been following Zulqarnain's career..i thought he was a bright prospect..i think his conscience is clear as he has in the past donated money to Imran Khan's hospital...he is definitely not doing this for publicity..it takes alot to sacrifice ur dreams to to do what's right..he should be applauded..may God bless him

  • george on November 9, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    u don right thing exposed all match fixer and bookies play cricket like gentleman let it be a sport too much money going for bad cause way to go you have my support usa

  • ali on November 9, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    "Pakistan cricketers, like other human beings, aren't born corrupt. They are products, even victims, of their peculiar environment."

    I disagree with this statement. It is human beings who create the environment

  • Shrimmy on November 9, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    ULTIMATE RESPECT for zulqarnain haider, what he did was truly remarkable, in the subcontinent from the day we start to dream our 1st dream is to play for our respective countries, and now to give up that dream requires guts..guts of steel!! It must not have been easy for him to just pack it all up and just leave, so there has to be something huge which goes on inside the pakistani cricketing cirlces and it might not be just external threats but also from the team within...whatever is dug out from this incident..we should applaud his actions..he is already a role-model for youngsters who believes in a 'country' and not 'money'...RESPECT for Haider!!

  • guru007 on November 9, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    agree with the article - however what is shocking is the player did not trust anyone in the management to share his fears. this shows there is complete breakdown of admin in pakistan board. this after they reportedly took some steps!what a joke. it looks the entire country needs a cleansing programme on ethical behaviour, but when , when will it happen ???

  • saadi on November 9, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    i totally support zulqarnain.

  • sameen rana on November 9, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Another SAD day for pakistan and another story for the media. Sometime i wonder if pakistan team stop playing then the cricket will be very boaring . I do not think that he is a kind of rasheed latif but i guess he is more smarter than him . he is looking for a british passport for him self and his family . he can also play county cricket there which is waht he is capable of and can enjoye rest of his life . There are so many players in the world who got thereat when they play not every body run just before the match ,I will not be surprised in NOTW run another story of some one telling that he will do this at this time .. Stories Stories Stories ,, this is what pakistan cricket is and we should all pray for MR BUTT health as he is a kind of curse on the pakistan cricket team , but again no one willthink about it . GOD help pakistan and save the cricket from BUTT and COmpany

  • AlienGamer on November 9, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I feel for the dude. You dont walk out of an international career for kicks. I applaud him for quiting rather than be involved in another Butt/Amir/Asif incident.

  • Usama Haque on November 9, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Its you guys who always think pessimistically. On the other hand fans just follow so if you are positive thn yes the hell we are.

  • HRehman on November 9, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    I fully agree with you kamran. However this new episode has brought big smiles to the faces who love to see Pakistan cricket mligned and defamed even thrown out of ICC. You would not believe some of the comments I have read this morning on various blogs demanding the expulsion of Pakistan from the world cricket as a direct result of Haider saga.

  • Aijaz on November 9, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    He did right and left team without letting them know about it. As no one knows who is what in team? How could he trust PCB? Are you joking? If PCB have not sacked Butt till now from chairmanship one should clearly know how is board running?ICC needs to ban Pak team till the time Butt is Chairman...They need to Imran as Chairman then hopefully something would happen..

  • Faraz on November 9, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    bizarre... the only reason why a player would not trust his own Board or team members is because he thinks some, if not all of them are involved as well. Once again, it might cost Pakistan Cricket a lot.. but I completely agree.. someone needs to put an end to this.. But the question is, can ICC be trusted with that task? It has already been a few months since the Lords fiasco and nothing has apparently changed.. PCB's code of conduct is just a show-piece, hastily put up to cover the dirt.. and ICC has blindly approved it without even waiting to see any positive results.

  • lakshmiKanth on November 9, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    How on earth can people even think of competing, when there is this kind of constant threat, pressure. I really pity for all those pakistan's extremely talented youngster. Hope this matter is not buried again by PCB, ICC. Save cricket!!!!!!

  • Ali Naem from Toronto on November 9, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    To a certain extent you are right...Jawed....bitter and I hate to accept it but yes...yesterday I went to community meeting....and most of my Pakistani brothers feel that Haider is doing all this not because anything wrong or threat exists but this is just a stunt by him to get UK passport....Everyone is of opinion that he is taking advantage and trying to get UK passport by defaming Pakistan....But when I asked them to think logically on why a person who was just beginning to get fame and glory and money in Pakistani team need to do this???....He could have easily applied for immigration legally to many countries....and while application was in process(2-3 years maximum) till he got it...he could have earned fame and money both ...But no he just bolted leaving his career and future in jeopardy proves he was under threat which must have been genuine. But like Kamran and Jawed said...our brothers staying in self denial ..refused to accept theory and instead called me unpatriotic .

  • alex on November 9, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    Haider did correct thing and he should not expose others even if others committed match fixing stuff. With taliban terrorist uses this match fixing money to finance their war. So pak players are victim and much as eager to do it.

    We should applaude Haider not criticize him. It needs lots of guts. He should keep quiet and get asylum first.

    His life is threatened , that is enough reason for him to get asylum without trading any secrets. He has to protect his family first. So he should keep quiet.

  • Ak on November 9, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    seems like zulqarnain knows many things

  • Akbar Ali on November 9, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    My humble request on behalf of all the Pakistan nation, please remove all the management. Select the real Pakistan’s Lover X cricketers ( there are many and who gave blood to Pak cricket)

    Select them through Public opinion (voting through cricket clubs around the country)

    Otherwise I feel we will get serious punish and it will be ban on our international cricket which we cannot afford. Our nation is already blamed as corruption liking nation, after this it will be the proven stamp on us. If this will happened it because of some people (so called politicians ) who are involve in all these dirty activities. We should come forward to save our country and our cricket otherwise we will the shameful nation rather than proud nation.

  • Abdul Jaleel on November 9, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    well done heidar...We are proud of your action... you have done better not to inform board because board is also involved...We all knew that the 1st + 4th + 5th match was fixed. The big match fixer is the coach.

  • porshatom on November 9, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Haider deserves a medal for bravery as the easier option would have been to accept money, keep quiet & let the powers of Pakistan cricket win while the Pakistan people lose. Is it a surprise to anyone that Pakistan cricket is once again involved in a bribery scandal or death threats? When will Pakistan SINCERELY apologize to the cricketing world? When will Pakistan stop making excuses, stop dispersing blame & accept responsibility for their actions? When will Pakistan become an adult and stop acting like a spoilt child?

  • Luqman on November 9, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    Very well said Karam Sahib. I admire his courage to standup and not compromise on his integrity.

    Hope his family is safe and the entire events unfold to the best. If proven, we should get rid of any rotten person involved in it - whoever it might be.

    In the long run, this is the only solution to a sports in dire fight of survival in our land.

  • Faraz on November 9, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi, I am a keen follower of your articles/tweets even though this is the first comment on either from my end. It is definitely premature to form any conclusions or conspiracy theories (as is the current rage) before all facts are determined. After all, as Sherlock Holmes rightly said "inevitably one begins to twist facts to fit theories, instead of theories to fit facts". I hope that any danger to Haider's life is removed and a proper finding is done. At the very least, the battered image of Pak cricket might find some understanding via world media as a result. Best Regards, Faraz

  • Javed Munir Dar on November 9, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    He is a stupid guy, he should b punished no less than life ban, guys like him are a source of brining bad name for the country since 1994 and onwards,

  • Arun Raghu on November 9, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    I really support him and full credit to the editor who rightly said how Zulqarnain could believe PCB. He might have been in a stage where he actually don know who to believe and who not. So the only option might have been to run away from all this rather than selling his own country and be a cheat throughout his life. Kudos to him and I wish he be back soon, as we need people like him in the Pakistan team now....we Indian's salute him

  • George on November 9, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Very well written article.

  • TRex on November 9, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    That takes a lot of courage. I believe he did the right thing - at least his conscience is clean.

  • Umar on November 9, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Poor chap, Pak government should take care of it and bring him home, i am sure they can protect him.

  • Muzammil Tahir on November 9, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    I feel for zulqarnain, a man who fought till the end against england when all eyes were on england winning by an innings, not the greatest one day batsmen but i believed he had alot to offer in test match cricket especially with his outstanding keeping skills.I feel the pakistan cricket board should be ashamed of themselves once again we finally found a solution to our wicketkeeping issues and now its gone down the drain they should've protected zulqi I'm not suprised from the media of Pakistan pointing fingers at Kamran Akmal.

  • anish on November 9, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    I can only pray for the talented Pakistan players.Pakistan is and will be an endless suppliers of matchless, talents but all of them are perennial under achievers due to dysfunctional system and poor nurturing. on the other side of the border India is climbing new heights with exuberance of youth and experience of great seniors. They are No:1 in test cricket, already won T20 world cup once and conquering all the team it come across in onedayers. They don't have amirs and akthars in their rank. But in hindsight kumars and nehras are far better and useful than Pakistan's breeds becouse nationalist pride and professionalism are some thing which drows them forward.

  • sam on November 9, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    We do learn from our mistakes but seems it does not apply to pakistan cricket board,administrators have failed and players have surely managed to find some loopholes in the cricket system including ICC's theory of neglicence has been disgraciously respected. The cricket lover like me and many others are worried about the future of our first love,hope ram,rahim,gurunanak,jesus listen and save the game,now its in your hands

  • Giovanni T on November 9, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    I wish this young man all the best and hope he can pursue a successful career in county cricket. The gambling kingpins and other degenerates who have poisoned Pakistan cricket are to blame. I hope the authorities find whomever threatened Zulqarnain Haider and prosecute them.

  • memna_banglore on November 9, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Very well said sir: "It takes guts, extreme provocation, or both, to walk out on an international career, something you have worked all your life for and dreamed every night about."

  • cricket_lover on November 9, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    I consider this an extremely coward act from this young man. He should have trusted tour management and should have informed them about threats or should have informed to ICC immediately. But as he has not told, so there could two things, either there is some more to the story which he is hiding (not telling tour management because of their links) or a cheap way to get asylum in UK. I think its very easy to prove his claims of threat by looking at his call records and transcripts of his conversation. There must be a CCTV in the hotel, so that can be checked as well. One last thing which I am unable to understand is that why bookies are approaching him as he is playing his just 4th one day international. In the previous three games, he did not score enough and in the 3rd game, he gave away his wicket by playing a bad shot. Why bookies are approaching him to fix the match when he is nobody?

  • PAK CRICKET FANATIC on November 9, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    He is obviously scared for himself and his family and did not trust the PCB or even his own team mates....However as to what is actually going is any ones guess; could be simple as Zulqi was threatened and he got scared and went to the place he felt safest or this was staged by the PCB in an attempt to show the world the pressures Pak players face or simply Zulqi knew his International career was limited and he will use this opportunity to sell his story to tabloids in UK.

    Anything is possibly with the Pakistan cricket team…….I just wish they finally learn their lessons and start playing to win every game and then for sure we will be one of the leading 1 day sides in the world.

  • joonkers on November 9, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    may allah be with you zulqarnain

  • Irtiza Nazar on November 9, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Zulqarnain needs to tell the world exactly who called him up, who's been twisting his arm, weather there have been other instances like this and what goes on behind the scenes.

    Its high time everyone found out just how high up the fixing ring goes.

  • hassank on November 9, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    i know whats on his mind...UK visa > pakistan test squad. Hence elaborate and far fetched idea that the bookie mafia was after him. shame- i liked the guy. Time Pakistanis looked at themselves instead of blaming external factors as well.

  • Sowmi on November 9, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    It is very easy for all of us to analyse after the event, but as Kamran mentioned he seems to be a good guy with a great attitude. Nobody knows what sort of danger he is in. I hope PCB, ECB and ICC work closely and bring him back to the cricket field. Pakistan cricket surely needs these kind of good guys no matter the amount cricket talent they have got.

  • Sudhir Rao, Hyderabad India on November 9, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    This is going to set a dangerous precedence for youngsters who want to play for the national side. Its a sad day when the players do not trust their own board for advise and protection. So this has effectively endangered any progress of cricket at the grassroots level. So what is the motivation to play cricket in Pakistan since the danger of playing cricket is the same as threat from extremism. Sad day for cricket when a youngster (doesn't matter which part of the world)wants to retire due to death threats. The match fixing bogeyman strikes again...

  • rajesh sharma on November 9, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Incredible !!!! Zulqaranin & to some extend Mr. Abbasi by extending your support to him. This is Bravest of the decisions on part of Mr. Zul. Its a revolution not only for Pakistan cricket but World Cricket.

  • Zeeshan on November 9, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Absolutely right Mr. Abbasi. The point every critic of Zulqarnain is missing is that there is a highest level of trust deficit between players and PCB in the back drop PCB's performance of last few months. God help PCB...God help Pakistan.

  • Umair on November 9, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Agreed completely Kamran.

    Clearly there is a lot going on behind the scenes that we are not aware of, and all of it needs to be exposed.

    Stories about Zardari's close aids losing 'millions' due to our 4th ODI victory do not help the matter.

    Corruption is a plague that is runing through every facet of life in Pakistan, and it needs to be exposed and purged. We need to listen to what this guy has to say and we need to ensure he and his family are offered the protection they deserve. This morning I was thinking about starting some kind of fund raising to ensure his family are able to join him in England while this whole thing plays out.

  • Naeem Muhammad on November 9, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    To me it seems a drama, he wanted asylum in uk for which he has very good chances because of incidents with pakistan team in past few months.

  • Abid on November 9, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Zulqarnain had raise many questions and many of us will not find any answar. We as a cricket fan will alway wonder what and how did this happen. Who, why and what is the plan no one know. As Pakistan cricket is being push to side and our own not helping the cause. World Cup on the rise but yet to find best team. why any why??

  • Aniruddha on November 9, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Too early to point a finger, but if he doesnt spurt out names of his colleagues who are part of this syndicate, then this can be taken as a very smart way to claim UK citizenship. Time will tell.

  • R Fernandes on November 9, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    This shows that, thre are some elements in the team & the team management who are calling the shots. I feel sad for an honest crickter of Pakistan. Well,what would have happened to Mr. Bob Woolmer?

  • Ahmer on November 9, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Absolutely right sir. Zulqarnain words, actions & his sudden decision to leave Pakistan cricket, which is every youngster's dream in pakistan, says alot indirectly about the whole story of corruption, match fixing & spot fixing in pakistan cricket. Why one will leave his National Cricket Team over night & in the way Haider left. Nobody sir nobody. But only one who has love for his motherland & not for money. Now I think all the big fish of PCB are seemed to be involved in this match fixing cases not players only. Thats y he didn't speak to any team management personnel about this matter & went untold. I think this is not a short term saga but spans over the years. A very famous axiom of urdu "DAAL MEIN KUCH KALA ZAROR HY" (There is something black in the pulse)

  • Sohaib Khan on November 9, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    This chap is clearly creating problem for Pakistan at the moment. I think we live in a world of so many threats. We've threats for bombs, for suciders, for accidents. But we face the music and living our lives.

    He is running out from death which is natural when it comes. Come on. Be Brave !!!

    In my view, there is something behind this story line. He was a replacements player, didn't achieve anything and wasn't a match winner. Then, why bookies threatened him rather some other match winners in the team ? Why the team management gave him the passport ? There are so many questions which need to answer.

  • Shashreek Roy on November 9, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Completely agree. There is nothing more that Haider could have done. For a cricketer to get to the highest level in the game and just give it up is probably the hardest decision of his life. Unfortunately Haider does not seem to be too convinced by the security offered by the PCB and hence I wonder if he will ever come out in the open with facts pertaining to who threatened him and why he did not want to inform his own board. Pakistan cricket has emerged from one disaster and plunged into another. Seems like a sad day not just for Pakistan cricket but for world cricket. The sport was not meant to torture the mental framework of a player like this. The gentleman's game certainly seems to be losing its gentlemanly spirit.

  • BillyBlue on November 9, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Looks like ICC & PCB's propaganda about clean up & progress made has fallen flat on its face. This is what pak players truly face. I hope the ICC & PCB does not discredit this young man for blowing the whistle on what both are claiming as progress. We really need cricket cleaned. My prayers are with you & for your family's wellbeing & safety, Haider. Good Job & Good Luck!

  • Ray on November 9, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    ZH goes and enters Adnan Akmal! How long before Kamran also gets back. Seems like the Akmal's benefit the most from this situation. Its a pity that not only Pak cricket, but life in general is being made miserable in Pakistan. Hopefully one day the curtains will be lifted and all the critics of Pakistan and its criket will know who the men behind the scenes are.

  • Imran Ahmad on November 9, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Very rightly said. This young man might not have been extremely talented but he had the guts to fight it out. Like his debut half century in test, he has shown the willingness to fight and desire to win. But if such a man flees away and seems scared, then definitely something is very very wrong. Its high time the total system is filtered and all infiltrants pushed out. This is about cricket and better leave it like that. Am with you Zulqernain!!

  • Sheeraz ali on November 9, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    this guy zulqarnain is a good human being. he is not just some one who does this for the sake of asylum in UK. This guy is man with good heart and moral. even runs an NGO...he certainly is a wistleblower and he must blows it loud enough to make world hear

  • Warren on November 9, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    A very sensible position. Hope he is able to resume his career in England. Again, the losers are Pakistan after a very creditable performance against a good SA team clicking on all cylinders. Hope his family is safe and he will see them soon.

  • Waheed on November 9, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    I believe this young soul needs backing and encouragement. He opted for difficult path and has risked his life and career to be on the right path. I hope there are few good souls left in Pakistan setup to realize the potential this effort to clean up Pakistan cricket from bookies and their effect on Pakistani players.

  • Ed on November 9, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    I don't know if it was your intent, but to suggest that a guy who walks away from international cricket because of threats being made against him and his family has a "troubled mind" is border-line libel.

    Assuming Zulqarnain is telling the truth, there's plenty of evidence he's frightened, but none that he is troubled. Those two descriptions are definitely not interchangeable.

  • AJ on November 9, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    What an awesome blog! And i think the pcb has been absolutely stupid (or absolutely normal in the PCB's case) to ban the guy from all cricket after he has announced his retirement!

    The drama continues.... You couldn't make this up!

  • Jinx Jack on November 9, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Really! whatever happened no-one is that immature to just pick up his stuff and go into another country just because he was threatened, either something more extravagant happened or he just wanted to go to the UK!

  • ozair mustafa on November 9, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Its a serious matter and Zulqarnain issue has to be taken very seriously by Government of Pakistan,and to some extent Dubai police inorder to find out the real truth.I am sure with the excellent track record of Dubai Police the truth should come out.

    I have a lot of sympthy for the young man, what ever his actions were I guess he did not trust the team management and this is the heart of the problem.

  • Rameez on November 9, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Well written!!!

    I really wish the WORLD wakes up to this reality of bookies and threat that Pakistan cricketers face....

    " It takes guts, extreme provocation, or both, to walk out on an international career, something you have worked all your life for and dreamed every night about"...THIS SUMS IT UP

  • Bharat on November 9, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    I completely agree with the author's report. Zulqarnain needs support and encouragement. The most important thing to do now would be keep ALL the Pakistani officials away from him till such time as he feels he can or wants to talk to them. English authorities need to be sensitive to the dangers of an alien culture and should not succumb to the pressures that will be brought by the boisterous Pakistani authorities.

  • Abhiram on November 9, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi has hit the nail on the head! With a dis-functional cricket board, lack of police protection and threat all around you, it is highly likely that there is coercion involved in making Pakistani players do what the bookies want. Very very few players will have the guts to resist and speak out! The fact that Haider has chosen to not toe the line is quite commendable!

  • Farhan from Germany on November 9, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    It's extremley sad to see a young guy taking these steps. After the UK tour it doesnt wondering me, that he took the step alone and did not go to the pcb officials. what can he expect from them? not so much!

    when i see the pictures of zulqarnain with his team mates, you see pride and honour for representing his country but maybe he is too much a rookie in the international cricket world. It seems to be that it is not the efforts and willingnes on the field who decided matches but more and more agreements in hotel lobbys or on phone calls.

    instead of cleaning this mess, its much easier to let a young guy face the choice: be like us or go away!

  • Talal on November 9, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    A very very very sad day indeed. I hope he clears his name and if he is a whistle blower he need to blow PCB trumpet not just whistle.

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  • Talal on November 9, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    A very very very sad day indeed. I hope he clears his name and if he is a whistle blower he need to blow PCB trumpet not just whistle.

  • Farhan from Germany on November 9, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    It's extremley sad to see a young guy taking these steps. After the UK tour it doesnt wondering me, that he took the step alone and did not go to the pcb officials. what can he expect from them? not so much!

    when i see the pictures of zulqarnain with his team mates, you see pride and honour for representing his country but maybe he is too much a rookie in the international cricket world. It seems to be that it is not the efforts and willingnes on the field who decided matches but more and more agreements in hotel lobbys or on phone calls.

    instead of cleaning this mess, its much easier to let a young guy face the choice: be like us or go away!

  • Abhiram on November 9, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi has hit the nail on the head! With a dis-functional cricket board, lack of police protection and threat all around you, it is highly likely that there is coercion involved in making Pakistani players do what the bookies want. Very very few players will have the guts to resist and speak out! The fact that Haider has chosen to not toe the line is quite commendable!

  • Bharat on November 9, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    I completely agree with the author's report. Zulqarnain needs support and encouragement. The most important thing to do now would be keep ALL the Pakistani officials away from him till such time as he feels he can or wants to talk to them. English authorities need to be sensitive to the dangers of an alien culture and should not succumb to the pressures that will be brought by the boisterous Pakistani authorities.

  • Rameez on November 9, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Well written!!!

    I really wish the WORLD wakes up to this reality of bookies and threat that Pakistan cricketers face....

    " It takes guts, extreme provocation, or both, to walk out on an international career, something you have worked all your life for and dreamed every night about"...THIS SUMS IT UP

  • ozair mustafa on November 9, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Its a serious matter and Zulqarnain issue has to be taken very seriously by Government of Pakistan,and to some extent Dubai police inorder to find out the real truth.I am sure with the excellent track record of Dubai Police the truth should come out.

    I have a lot of sympthy for the young man, what ever his actions were I guess he did not trust the team management and this is the heart of the problem.

  • Jinx Jack on November 9, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Really! whatever happened no-one is that immature to just pick up his stuff and go into another country just because he was threatened, either something more extravagant happened or he just wanted to go to the UK!

  • AJ on November 9, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    What an awesome blog! And i think the pcb has been absolutely stupid (or absolutely normal in the PCB's case) to ban the guy from all cricket after he has announced his retirement!

    The drama continues.... You couldn't make this up!

  • Ed on November 9, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    I don't know if it was your intent, but to suggest that a guy who walks away from international cricket because of threats being made against him and his family has a "troubled mind" is border-line libel.

    Assuming Zulqarnain is telling the truth, there's plenty of evidence he's frightened, but none that he is troubled. Those two descriptions are definitely not interchangeable.

  • Waheed on November 9, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    I believe this young soul needs backing and encouragement. He opted for difficult path and has risked his life and career to be on the right path. I hope there are few good souls left in Pakistan setup to realize the potential this effort to clean up Pakistan cricket from bookies and their effect on Pakistani players.