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Friday, May 27, 2011

PCB to investigate Umar Akmal and others regarding Zulqarnain Haider

  • PCB to investigate Umar Akmal and others regarding Zulqarnain Haider
PCB to investigate Umar Akmal and others regarding Zulqarnain Haider
The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) disciplinary committee has decided to summon Umar Akmal and other team members to move ahead with their inqurity regarding the Zulqarnain Haider case.
The committee headed by Sultan Rana, the chief of domestic cricket, includes three members to probe into the matter and to know the reasons for which the former wicket-keeper had to leave the team’s hotel in Dubai, few hours before the last ODI against South Africa.
The board has been making continuous efforts to know the actual facts behind this incident, and for this purpose, it also issued a questionnaire to the former cricketer.
Zulqarnain, who sought asylum in London after abdicating the team, cited that he had received death threats and was being forced to fix the match.
Later, he also announced his retirement from the international cricket saying that he did not wish to play for Pakistan anymore.
However, spending almost six months in Britain, the player  decided to come back home and withdrew the asylum application.
His move came after he was assured of his and his family’s security by Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Rehman Malik.
On reaching Pakistan, the cricketer was provided with proper security and was kept at an undisclosed location in Islamabad, for security concerns.
Zulqarnain revealed that one of the bookies involved in threatening him, was an Indian. He also blamed Umar for his strange behavior during the One-Day series against South Africa, last November in UAE.
"Yes, the committee will also question Umar Akmal and some other players because the allegations made by Haider are serious ones," a PCB official said.
Using Zulqarnain’s information, Pakistan police raided a group of eight bookies in Sialkot and retrieved evidences.
Although, the wicket-keeper wanted to resume his cricketing career with the Pakistan team, the board’s officials said that the player will remain suspended until the committee reaches a final decision.
According to media reports the inquiry committee is expected in june.
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