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Friday, June 17, 2011

Haider fined $5,800 for fleeing cricket squad

Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider was fined 500,000 rupees ($5,800) Friday for violating the team's code of conduct when he flew to London last year without informing team management.
Haider appeared before a Pakistan Cricket Board disciplinary committee in Lahore. Its decision was announced by committee head Sultan Rana after a two-hour hearing.
"Zulqarnain will also be under a one-year probation period during which his conduct will be observed," Rana said.
Haider left the national team during the one-day series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates in Nov. 2010 and sought asylum in Britain, saying he had received death threats from match-fixers.
However, he returned home in April after assurances from the country's interior minister Rehman Malik over his security.
Last month, Haider reversed his retirement from international cricket, but Rana said it is up to the PCB and its selection committee whether they consider him for the national team.
Haider said he had accepted his misconduct before the disciplinary committee on Friday and will try not to "repeat the mistakes in future."
"I did what I thought was right at that time," Haider said of his decision to leave the team on the day when Pakistan was due to play its fifth and final ODI against South Africa.
"With the passage of time I realized that I committed a mistake. I should have informed the PCB, I should have informed my seniors."
Haider said he wants to concentrate on cricket and accepted the decision of the inquiry committee.
"I just want to play cricket and it all depends on the selection committee whether they pick me for the national team or not."

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