Pakistani cricket player, Zulqarnain Haider fled to England after receiving death warnings to lose the final ODI match against South Africa. South Africa won the match by 57 runs and succeeded in achieving victory by 3 – 2 against Pakistan.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that Haider had not briefed them about his sudden departure, thus a full inquiry would be held in the matter. The PCB stated, “The information shared with the PCB by local authorities indicates that Mr. Haider has left the UAE for the United Kingdom…The PCB continues to monitor this situation and is in regular contact with concerned authorities in this regard.”.
Team officials reported that Haider did not exit the Grand Hyatt Hotel, where the team was residing but also confirmed that his passport was discharged on a special request. PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar confirmed: “Haider had taken away his passport from the team management on Sunday night and we have reported the matter of him missing to Dubai Police and to the ICC’s (International Cricket Council) Anti-corruption Unit.”
Meanwhile, the player’s brother, Reza informed Reuters from Lahore that Haider had expressed terror after receiving death warnings. “The last time I spoke to him he told me he was getting threatening messages after the fourth match and to pray for him,” Reza said.
Moreover, Lahore police official, Rana Faisal reported that they are investigating in the matter. Faisal told the media that, “We have received no official complaint but taking note of the media reports we have sent some officers to his house (in Lahore) to find out details”. He said: “We have deployed a dozen police officials at Haider’s residence, so that they can be guarded properly if there is any threat”.
On the other hand, Pakistani authorities abandoned this as a start of another cricket scandal. Tafazzul Rizvi, Legal Adviser to the team reported that: “It’s too early to involve all of Pakistani cricket”. He said: “This is just the act of one individual, and it’s not a sensible act. Even if he had threats against him; he should have informed the team security officer.”