Pakistan news May 12, 2011

Haider wants to end retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zulqarnain Haider, the Pakistan wicketkeeper who fled to London in November last year claiming he had received death threats from unidentified people seeking to draw him into match-fixing, has announced his intention to resume his cricket-playing career.

Haider, who retired from international cricket soon after arriving in the UK, returned to Pakistan in April after receiving assurances from the government about his and his family's safety.

"I have decided to abandon retirement and will soon meet PCB officials once I get clearance to go out of my home," Haider said in Lahore. "I did not retire from first-class cricket, so I can still play for my department where my job is permanent [Haider plays for ZTBL]."

Haider had gone missing from the Pakistan team hotel in the UAE before the fifth and final ODI against South Africa. 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.

A fact-finding committee subsequently set-up by the PCB, who suspended his contract, to look into the affair failed to find any clear motives behind his actions.

A board official told ESPNcricinfo last month that there was no "official next step," as far as Haider was concerned. "The fact-finding committee's last communication with him was to seek some more details, but they never heard back from him. The board will do nothing now until he gets in touch with us. After that we can decide on a future course of action, whether disciplinary because he breached the code of conduct, or otherwise."

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  • Salman on May 13, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    I wish if board does not allow him to play I am not sure what is in his mind why he is taking so many U Turns and am totally against him now i don't want to see him in the team.

  • Noman on May 13, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Fun never ends welcome to Pakistan Cricket.

  • Premkumar on May 13, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    checked the meaning of the word retirement in dictionary..just to be sure...

  • rustyryan on May 13, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    From now on all pakistan news should automatically be published in page 2.

  • Srinivas on May 13, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    hehehehehehe!!! Another pakistani drama queen. This fun never ends.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    well it needs retirement to join the national team in pakistan...

  • Vikram on May 12, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Pakistan could field a Retirees XI that can win a World Cup!

  • Irfan on May 12, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    it could be interesing, if he finds his place back in national side ;)... and would be more interesting if Ukmal brother would be around at that time :).

  • dilan on May 12, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    The joker is back..can't wait to find out what he does next..

  • Basim on May 12, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    he has just made fun of himself in front of whole world.. his track record off the field before his debut in international cricket was neither good.. wonder what will be his next step.... ban him and bring asif amir back.

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