Pakistan news April 21, 2011

Haider reconsidering decision to return to Pakistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider is reportedly reconsidering his decision to return to Pakistan after receiving threatening phone calls.

Haider told Geo Television on Thursday that an anonymous caller from Pakistan threatened him, saying: "you are coming back despite being told not to come, you are responsible for the consequences." Haider reportedly informed Scotland Yard about the calls. However, later in the day, it appeared - not for the first time - that the situation had changed as he left an update on his Facebook page confirming that he would be returning as planned. "Coming with same plan on 24 on Sunday. Going Pakistan on 24th on Sunday," his page read.

Haider had gone missing from the Pakistan team's hotel in Dubai on the morning of the fifth and final ODI against South Africa on November 8, saying he had received death threats from unidentified people seeking to draw him into match-fixing. He fled to the UK to seek protection and placed an application for asylum that hinged on the nature of the information he was able to divulge, as the extraordinary nature of his case appeared to fall outside the usual conditions required of a person seeking refugee status.

The application was still being processed when Haider announced, earlier this week, that he would be returning to Pakistan after he had been reassured of his safety as well as that of his family's after a meeting with Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik in London.

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  • Khan338 on April 24, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    Common man stop all this drama and return back to pakistan and be a man

  • Biggus on April 22, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    @Benn Kempster-Pantomime indeed! I feel an overwhelming desire to shout, "Look out! He's behind the door!".

  • ShahSaheb on April 21, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    He did planned to return after miserable failure of Kamran

    Soon He realized that Sarfraz is the No 1 choice of the fans ,and Adnan /Salman are choices of authorities, He is out of favor on both fronts.

    Haider knows ,people miss the Bus, He jumped out of it.

    There is another speculation that once Sarfraz is in ,then Kamran is our for long. that is why He is kept out with different lame excuses.

  • Cricinfouser on April 21, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    When they talk about being able to take the international pressure in cricket, this (off the field matters) is very much part of it. I don't think he did the right thing by disappearing, thus shaminig his own country and all cricketers associated with it. He should have consulted people (team, captain, coach, management, police, other authorities) but to walk out on his own team in the middle of the battle was a really nonsense thing to do. He might be right about all the alligations of spot and match fixing but it was in no shape or form the right way to go about it. I don't think that any thing has changed in Pakistan for him to feel safe all of a sudden. I just hope he gets himself together and start thinking more rationally.

  • dummy4fb on April 21, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    I obviously feel bad for whatever is happening to this poor guy, but I just can't help but laugh at the same time.

  • dummy4fb on April 21, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Here we go - the pantomime resumes; "Oh yes he is!" "Oh no he isn't!"

  • Latha2620 on April 21, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Well has the Pak pendulum began to swing? I wonder if this not jst a strategy to get back into the pak selectors' reckoning in the hope that he wud be able to play for d pak team again.

  • Willowarriers on April 21, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    i really don't know what to think with this dude... did the police check whether there was in fact a call from pakistan? contact the phone companies, listen to the conversation and get to the bottom of this... if it is true then pls give him asylum

  • dummy4fb on April 21, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    poor guy.. feel bad for him...

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