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Thursday, January 20, 2011

I'm out of cash: Zulqarnain Haider

Former Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who fled the team hotel in Dubai hours before the final one-day international against South Africa last year, said on Thursday that he has run out of money.
Haider told the British media that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is withholding 15,000 pounds in wages from him.
The cricketer had fled from Dubai to the UK due to death threats he received while the Pakistan cricket team were playing a series against South Africa in November 2010.
Haider arrived in England and immediately claimed asylum in order to gain entry to the country.
“This country is very humane, very co-operative, and there are very nice people here and there are very good rules here for my safety. That’s why I came here,” he said.
Later in a press conference with the media, the ex wicketkeeperclaimed he was approached by a person who had asked throw the fourth and the fifth ODIs between the two playing countries.
He also insisted that he had no knowledge of any other players being involved in match fixing or if they had been approached like him. “I think the best way is to record all the players’ phones and all their activities,” he added.
He also expressed contentment that his wife Shazia and daughters, Zahra and Fizza, will be joining him soon.
The player is currently in process of a deal with the Kent-based Lashings World eleven and is  hopeful that it  will come through.
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