By Joanne Bladd
24-year-old en route to London after reportedly receiving threats for his role in match win
Pakistan team officials have confirmed wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider disappeared with his passport hours before the team’s fifth and final one-day
international against South Africa.
Reports suggest the 24-year-old is bound for England after receiving a threatening message for his role in Pakistan's match win last Friday.
Sarwar, the Pakistan Cricket Board's general manager of media, told ESPN
Cricinfo: "He took his passport from us last night on the pretext of needing
it for something. It is normal practice for he could have needed it for any
number of things.
"He did not say anything to the team management about this at all. We have
initiated inquiries into the matter. The Anti-Corruption Support Unit (ACSU)
has been informed and is being kept in the loop. Local security officials
have also been alerted."
Team manager Intikhab
Alam confirmed the 24-year-old had failed to arrive with his teammates at Dubai’s
International Cricket Ground on Monday.
"I can't make much comment on this, but can only
confirm that Haider went missing and did not come the ground with other players,”
Reports this morning suggested Haider had received threats for
helping Pakistan to victory in Friday's fourth one-day international.
He was also fined $136 on Sunday by the Pakistan Cricket
Board after breaking curfew hours set by the team’s management.
is understood to have posted a message on his own Facebook page which said he was “leaving Pakistan cricket because [he] got bad message from
one man to lose the last game.”
He scored a
match-winning 19 not out to help Pakistan win the fourth ODI played in Dubai on Friday, which levelled the five-match series 2-2.
I am by no means an expert on cricket and am certainly no armchair commentator, but it is incredibly sad that sportsmen are caught up in the greed of bookmakers and gamblers - let them play their sport - if you are stupid enough to place your money on the outcome of the game, then deal with the consequences. Well done to this young man for having the guts to ignore the threats and play to the best of his abilities - the world needs moral examples like this one.
Yet another reason why Pakistan should be banned from international cricket until they can reevaluate the board's lack of concern for cheating and corruption. If cricket can not be played then surely, the people would stand up and say, this nonsense has to stop! How can this sport be competitive if the outcome is known before the match! One has to wonder, if there is such a passion for the game, why is it constantly ruined with scandal. Usually when performance of this nature is revealed the leader who represents the game retires or resigns; chairman, stand up and be accountable!