Zulqarnain to face PCB probe on return to Pakistan

April 17th, 2011 - 5:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, April 17(ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) intends to investigate runaway former wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar on his return from Britain.

Zulqarnain Haidar, who is currently living in the United Kingdom on a temporary visa, will return to Islamabad on April 25, Dunya News reports.

The now retired wicketkeeper had stunned one and all by fleeing the team hotel in Dubai hours before the final one-day international against South Africa last year. After reaching London, he had claimed that he had got death threats from a person who wanted him to fix matches, and subsequently sought asylum in the United Kingdom.

He had also expressed his concern about his family’s security in Pakistan. “I am worried about my family’s security in Pakistan at the moment. Once they reach here (London), I will definitely unearth the corruption in Pakistan cricket,” he was quoted as saying in January.

Zulqarnain, however, voluntarily withdrew his application for asylum in Britain after the Pakistan government assured him and his family of “the highest level of security” in the country.

“In light of the assurances that I have received, I feel that I no longer need sanctuary in the UK and have accordingly decided to withdraw my claim for asylum,” Geo TV quoted Zulqarnain, as saying in his letter to British Home Secretary Theresa May, detailing the reasons both for seeking asylum and for now withdrawing his request for sanctuary.

The PCB confirmed that Zulqarnain had breached his central contract and was in direct violation of the code of conduct.

The board is reluctant to bring him back in the fold, and advised three of its committees to investigate him, The Express Tribune reports.

According to the board, Zulqarnain will have to appear before the PCB’s Disciplinary, Interrogative and Integrity committees before he can be cleared for selection at any level in Pakistan. (ANI)

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