Pakistan news June 17, 2011

Pakistan board fines Zulqarnain Haider

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Zulqarnain Haider, the former Pakistan wicketkeeper, has been fined 500,000 rupees ($5,800) by the PCB for violating their code of conduct when he flew to London last November, mid-way through a series in the UAE, without informing the team management. Haider appeared before the PCB disciplinary committee, comprising Sultan Rana, Wasim Ahmed and Mohammad Awais, on Friday in Lahore.

After the two-hour hearing Rana, the committee's head, said Haider will also be put under probation. "Zulqarnain will also be under a one-year probation period, during which his conduct will be observed."

The PCB said Haider had no proof of any wrongdoing against any player or official of the board, and withdrew all his allegations.

Haider had gone missing from the Pakistan team's hotel in Dubai on the morning of the fifth ODI against South Africa on November 8, and later said he had received death threats from unidentified people seeking to draw him into match-fixing.

Haider said his decision to flee was a mistake. "I did what I thought was right at that time. With the passage of time I realised that I committed a mistake. I should have informed the PCB, I should have informed my seniors."

He said he is looking forward to resume his career. "I just want to play cricket. [But] It all depends on the selection committee, whether they pick me for the national team or not."

In the aftermath of his flight, Haider had filed an application for asylum in the UK, which 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. He had also announced his retirement from international cricket. However, he withdrew his application for asylum and returned to Pakistan in April this year, after receiving safety assurances from the country's interior minister Rehman Malik.

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  • on June 19, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    pakistan cricket is so much fun. never fails to entertain

  • mothanvi on June 19, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    on his fleeing away from Dubai without informing the team management,he sould have faced atlest 2 to three years ban.In this way we would have set an example for the coming lot of juniors

  • promaster on June 19, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    He should be brought back.......

  • imirfan on June 19, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    I think if he is agreeing with the board then he might be getting the captency in future.

  • on June 19, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    I think we need all 3 akmals playing in the Pakistan team. We must try it. 3 brothers in one team its a huge huge psychological advantage. Must be tried. Must.

  • on June 19, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    He's going to be a Future Captain. Wait & Watch.

  • Masud_BITK on June 19, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    Whole Pak team becomes a joke now...he should be at least 5 years probation to rectify his poor behavior with heavy penalties...

  • cric-maestro on June 18, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    .....new way of generating the revenue....cmon now penalise shoaib akthar for not playing in slpl..... and the best can be to penalise kamran akmal on every catch he drops.... :D....

  • stunnerbond27 on June 18, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Comedy. Lols. Laugh. Joke. what else you can expect more from the P Circus Board

  • maddy20 on June 18, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Only 5800? Poor Afridi guy was fined 10 times more. I though abandoning your team and going away was a bigger offence!

  • on June 19, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    pakistan cricket is so much fun. never fails to entertain

  • mothanvi on June 19, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    on his fleeing away from Dubai without informing the team management,he sould have faced atlest 2 to three years ban.In this way we would have set an example for the coming lot of juniors

  • promaster on June 19, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    He should be brought back.......

  • imirfan on June 19, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    I think if he is agreeing with the board then he might be getting the captency in future.

  • on June 19, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    I think we need all 3 akmals playing in the Pakistan team. We must try it. 3 brothers in one team its a huge huge psychological advantage. Must be tried. Must.

  • on June 19, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    He's going to be a Future Captain. Wait & Watch.

  • Masud_BITK on June 19, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    Whole Pak team becomes a joke now...he should be at least 5 years probation to rectify his poor behavior with heavy penalties...

  • cric-maestro on June 18, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    .....new way of generating the revenue....cmon now penalise shoaib akthar for not playing in slpl..... and the best can be to penalise kamran akmal on every catch he drops.... :D....

  • stunnerbond27 on June 18, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    Comedy. Lols. Laugh. Joke. what else you can expect more from the P Circus Board

  • maddy20 on June 18, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Only 5800? Poor Afridi guy was fined 10 times more. I though abandoning your team and going away was a bigger offence!

  • klobania on June 18, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    @ Raju Rajput no indian player retires after the world cup it seems retirement definition for indians = say no young generation keep the job make money play for self interest only

  • klobania on June 18, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    @Gautham Va i would suggest u to join ur team either as harbho is now good for nothing as sehwag is ur best spinner (mind u a non-spinner) these days or u better to pursue ur career in umpiring as ur country has so far failed to produce an umpire of international level n still opposes fair game (u know opposing udrs) n as far as ur retirement plans are concerned then there is no chances for u to join ur team either as players like sachin, dravid, laxman etc have been playing for ages n still having no plans for retirement so u might not b able to join ur team as these bunch of self interested players might not retire in coming 20 years.

  • on June 18, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Its a Good way to make Money......Goo BUTT Gooo...!

  • on June 18, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Uneducated lot these cricketers!!! They try every means to make money whilst being in the pak team . Some basic education is what the whole country needs some lessons in basic civic behaviour and playing for your team and country. How can 1 team be involved in all this nonsense repeatedly. Bunch of jokers... Ah !!

  • BUTT_093 on June 18, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    Firstly, the relatively small fine handed to Zulqarnain might have to do with him not having money at all as he himself claimed that his pursuit for asylum in London had left him bankrupt and that was one of the reasons he decided to negotiate his way back to Pakistan. But having said that, I am more interested in finding out the actual reasons he fled to the UK because his story is far from plausible to be honest. A fact-finding committee for that purpose please ?? :)

  • Praxis on June 18, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Its never ends, the drama. Come on PCB, now its just plain sad.

  • on June 18, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    Maybe we should all fine Ijaz Butt

  • on June 18, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    @Gautham Va, really? you have nothing better to do?

  • on June 17, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    If i pay some fine, will i be able to join in pakistan team? wow.. I am actually a good off spinner and a top order batsman. Please take me. Sure i will also retire once or twice n make a come back.

  • Desihungama on June 17, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    Butt for ICC President? One for all and all for one? ........LOL

  • on June 17, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Big LOL @ijaz-butt-for-icc-y-we-suffer-alone. I agree, let them all have the taste. His first aissignment - "show cause notice" to Tendulkar for bad mouthing UDRS :)

  • on June 17, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    who the hell will fine Mr Butt ????

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 17, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    We want "BUTT FOR ICC PRESIDENT .."

  • Agni_25 on June 17, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    If u laugh out loud, u will be healthy........ So I follow pakistan cricket.....

  • amir-test-cricket on June 17, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    please support our cause ... raise your voice ... BUTT FOR ICC PRESIDENT ...

  • Mohammad_care on June 17, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    @ donda and Shiv PCB is just busy forming committee and geting money back what they paid. afridi and zulkar done next is Ilyas and sana mir..wait and watch..

  • nickydude on June 17, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Now nxt, cud we hear Sir Ijaz Butt retiring & then takin it back.? or wot bout a probation period for Ijaz Butt also???.Anything possible in Pakistan Maan... Ha Ha Ha Ha.......................

  • Stark62 on June 17, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    LOL

    If someone is threatening to murder him; what else do you expect him to do?

    This butt guy should be in kindergarten learning!

  • Z.Ajani on June 17, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    It Seems Rehman Malik is more involved in cricket matters then some serious national issues...

  • donda on June 17, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    What a joke PCB is , they fined 4.5 million to Shahid afridi on just making comments in the media and .5 million to Zulqernain on leaving pakistan without telling any body and making false accusation and degrade pakistan as whole

    What a discrimination and double standards to by PCB , only PCB can do that. 4.5 million for doing nothing and 0.5 million for completely disrespecting the whole country.

    Afridi won us WC in 2009 and we as nation are disrespecting our legend. That is cricket in our country.

    Why don't they just find Haseer hameed 0.1 million and let him play. PCB is just a big time joke.

  • just_chill_chill on June 17, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair : Actually it is the whole of Pakistan that has eggs on their face - yet again.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 17, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    @Everyone criticising the PCB. Although I am no lover of the PCB in this regard not only have they done the right thing, they've been completely VINDICATED in their stance regarding Zulqarnain. It was he who made the mistakes. And he's been duly punished as he should. He's even apologised for his actions. There's a thousand reasons to criticize the PCB, this isn't one of them. Haider you did it to yourself. Unfortunately I can't see him being picked for a long time, he had his chance and threw it away.

  • Angad11 on June 17, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Looks like PCB new way of making money.

  • on June 17, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    the fine is peanuts, he should be given exemplary punishment and fine becos he left the team at a very critical time.

  • on June 17, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    One more player to un-retire now. Retirement definition as per Pakistan = Vacation.

  • on June 17, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    welcome back Zulqi i believe the wicket keeper slot is still empty.

  • Desihungama on June 17, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    PCB cannot digest the fact they have to pay hefty salaries to players and often find shoddy excuses to get some of the money back. What else explains PCB cancelling Afridi's NOC? They hit where it hurts all right? What a shame it's come to this. To players, please form a players' union and fight for what you deserve as worldwide over. Top players ought to be making their due share of the pie.

  • CricketChat on June 17, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Now that Haider's troubled saga is over, I hope Pak selectors pick him in the national team after some warmup games as he looked good in the few games he played last year. The incumbent WK looked very inadequate both in batting and WK skills in WI ODI and Test series recently.

  • just_chill_chill on June 17, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    It is getting funnier by the day in Pakistan :-)

  • Fzn1 on June 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    It will never end with Pakistan. This is a nation that loves soap operas, its in the blood. In Pakistan, Drama + Politics trumps EVERYTHING, and I do mean EVERYTHING

  • ilovecricket1234 on June 17, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Every week, another drama out of Pakistan! Pakistan is the laughing stock of the cricketing world. It is the dramas out of Pakistan which makes following cricket so exciting! I feel sorry for Pakistanis.

  • on June 17, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Now its Ejaz Butt turn to be fined for violating all the rules of any civilized organization. Add like 5 billions ruppees to PCB revenue.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 17, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Zulqarnain Haider was championed by the British News Media. And then they got left with egg on their faces when he abandoned them. Where were all the revelations Haider? You've only embarrassed yourself.

  • on June 17, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    who will PCB fine when they run out of players?? The coach? The support staff? The selectors?? or the public?? This board has made Pakistan cricket a laughing stock in the world

  • just_chill_chill on June 17, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    bwahahaha another golden feather in Paksitani cap :-)

  • Ghula on June 17, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    this is one of getting some funds and working on PCB revenues... Tickets Sale: 50000, Sponsorship: 75000 Player fine revenues: 4700000 = Total revenues: 4825000

  • Shine77 on June 17, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    .........and the drama begins. When will it end with Pakistan??

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  • Shine77 on June 17, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    .........and the drama begins. When will it end with Pakistan??

  • Ghula on June 17, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    this is one of getting some funds and working on PCB revenues... Tickets Sale: 50000, Sponsorship: 75000 Player fine revenues: 4700000 = Total revenues: 4825000

  • just_chill_chill on June 17, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    bwahahaha another golden feather in Paksitani cap :-)

  • on June 17, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    who will PCB fine when they run out of players?? The coach? The support staff? The selectors?? or the public?? This board has made Pakistan cricket a laughing stock in the world

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 17, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Zulqarnain Haider was championed by the British News Media. And then they got left with egg on their faces when he abandoned them. Where were all the revelations Haider? You've only embarrassed yourself.

  • on June 17, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Now its Ejaz Butt turn to be fined for violating all the rules of any civilized organization. Add like 5 billions ruppees to PCB revenue.

  • ilovecricket1234 on June 17, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Every week, another drama out of Pakistan! Pakistan is the laughing stock of the cricketing world. It is the dramas out of Pakistan which makes following cricket so exciting! I feel sorry for Pakistanis.

  • Fzn1 on June 17, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    It will never end with Pakistan. This is a nation that loves soap operas, its in the blood. In Pakistan, Drama + Politics trumps EVERYTHING, and I do mean EVERYTHING

  • just_chill_chill on June 17, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    It is getting funnier by the day in Pakistan :-)

  • CricketChat on June 17, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Now that Haider's troubled saga is over, I hope Pak selectors pick him in the national team after some warmup games as he looked good in the few games he played last year. The incumbent WK looked very inadequate both in batting and WK skills in WI ODI and Test series recently.