Pakistan news April 28, 2011

Bookies behind threats to Haider arrested

ESPNcricinfo staff

Police in Pakistan said that they have arrested a number of bookmakers they believe to be behind the death threats made to Zulqarnain Haider, the former Pakistan wicketkeeper.

According to local reports, police arrested up to eight men in Sialkot. "We have arrested eight bookies and some of them have revealed they were behind threats to Haider," police official Nasir Qureshi told AFP. "We have confiscated their data which has a number of international contacts and the investigation is still on. We have found a number of satellite telephones and diaries which have international contacts and we hope to get further details in the next 24 hours," he added.

Four of the arrested were produced before a local judge, according to the Dawn, who has placed them in three-day remand with the officers.

Haider returned to Pakistan earlier this week from London, where he had fled last November after claiming to have been threatened by bookies in Dubai during Pakistan's ODI series with South Africa. Haider left the team on the morning of the final ODI, without informing the team or board officials, and landed in London, where he immediately claimed asylum.

But he revoked his asylum application and returned to Islamabad on Monday after being given security assurances by the Pakistan government. Days before his return, Haider said he had received more calls from people who threatened him should he return. At least one call was recorded and broadcast on local TV channels.

Haider announced his retirement from the game in London and said on his return that he was still undecided over his playing future. He will first have to resume contact with the PCB and answer the questions a fact-finding committee set up by the board to look into his case had asked of him. A board official told ESPNcricinfo that numerous efforts had been made to get in touch with the player while he was in London, but that he hadn't responded to them. In the last communication, Haider is understood to have told the PCB that he doesn't want to speak to them about the matter, but when he arrived in Islamabad he said he would contact Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman.

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  • Muhammad Umair on April 29, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    IPL ... lol ... another fake tournament ... cricket is nothing ... but its very much like WWE now a days.

  • muhammad on April 29, 2011, 0:24 GMT

    this is rubbish why police caught them only after he returned from london come on

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    The solution is simple. Watch IPL

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    I was waiting for this moment when finally they have in custody the people behind the Zulqurnain Drama. Now the facts may appear (in PCB inquires properly) and now I think, the other players in the fixing drama would be exposed. This is high time. Time for some action.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    I hope they look for players' phone numbers or at least match their contacts with those found in the bookies diaries and call records.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    well everyone who is in the inner circles of cricket know how bad the situation is... they do not make it public but we would stop watching cricket if we know the amount of bookie involvement in everything...

  • Faridoon on April 28, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Lets hope they can root out a big chunk of corruption in cricket.

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    good move & keep cricket clean

  • Dummy4 on April 28, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    Cricket should be clean from bookies

  • Ryo on April 28, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Bookies are the biggest threat facing cricket. Are you a bad enough dude to take down the bookies?

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