November 12, 2010

Pakistan cricket

ICC should have helped Haider

Siddhartha Talya

Mike Norrish of the Telegraph says that the PCB’s suspension of Zulqarnain Haider's contract was expected but it is the ICC that should have come to his aid.

The real issue here isn’t the farcical PCB. It’s the International Cricket Council. Presented with the most rare, fleeting and precious of opportunities – a potential whistle-blower – the ICC should have sent officers straight to London to meet with Haider. Its entire resources should have been directed toward protecting and reassuring him.

Even if Haider had proved to be as unreliable as his critics are claiming, the ICC was surely obliged to find out first. He is a desperate man looking for a sanctuary – literally – but the ICC have done nothing to provide the safety or security Haider is seeking. Or worse than nothing – they have left it to the PCB.

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Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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