Zulqarnain Haider goes MISSING

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Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has reportedly gone missing and did not arrive with the team at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium for the deciding ODI against South Africa.

PCB officials refused to comment on the matter or talk about the reasons for his non-arrival. But a cryptic message left as a status update on the player's Facebook page said: "leaving pakistan cricket because get bad msg fr 1 man fr lose the match in last game." A TV reporter for Geo, a leading Pakistani news channel, said that he had received a similar text message from Zulqarnain earlier on Monday.

Zulqarnain had hit the winning runs for Pakistan in the fourth ODI, which levelled the series against South Africa 2-2. 

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WHERE IS HE??????????

WHERE IS HE??????????

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He surfaces in the

He surfaces in the UK

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-as...

Apparently he fled because of threats to his life,the plot thickens.....

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Oh god! LOL! Pakistan cricket

Oh god! LOL! Pakistan cricket is in total disarray. It does look like really influential, powerful underworld characters are part of the whole match-fixing scenario.

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Makes you wonder what really

Makes you wonder what really happened to Bob Woolmer??

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Heres the update from

Heres the update from Cricinfo

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who has been missing from the team camp in Dubai since Monday morning. Television footage showed him arriving at Heathrow, confirming an earlier PCB statement that they had information he was on his way to the UK, but there has been no official word from the player or the board of his arrival.

The PCB, which has set up an inquiry into the issue, said it was working with the ICC's anti-corruption unit following indications that his disappearance could be linked to his performance during the current ODI series against South Africa. In London, Bloomberg quoted Pakistan's high commissioner to the UK as saying Haider would be given any consular assistance as required, but did not specify whether it had been sought.

The drama began shortly before Pakistan were due to play South Africa in the deciding match of their ODI series, when it transpired that Zulqarnain had not travelled with the squad to the ground. The first indication that something was wrong came from a cryptic message left as a status update on the player's Facebook page. "Leaving Pakistan cricket because get bad msg fr 1 man fr lose the match in last game." The "last match" reference is possibly to the fourth ODI of the series, a closely-fought thriller in which Haider's unbeaten 19 took Pakistan to victory with one wicket and one ball to spare.

At the ground, no official explanation was forthcoming. Captain Shahid Afridi said Haider was resting while Waqar Younis, the team coach, suggested the team manager would be better placed to speak on his whereabouts. Shortly after that Nadeem Sarwar, the PCB's general media manager, said the management had found out that morning that Haider was missing - he is believed to have left the team hotel at 6 a.m. Dubai time. He'd left with his passport, which is usually kept with the management but which Haider had sought a few days earlier.

That version was confirmed by an official PCB statement, issued shortly after noon GMT. "Haider left the team hotel on Monday morning without informing any member of the team or management. [He] was in possession of his passport and there are indications that he has left for London."

As the day wore on, the situation became more confusing. A TV reporter for Geo, a leading Pakistani news channel, said that he had received a text message from Haider earlier on Monday in which the player asked for security for his family and indicated that he might fly to the UK. In Lahore, senior superintendent of police Rana Faisal said security had been provided for Haider's family. "We have deployed a dozen police officials at Haider's residence, so that they can be guarded properly if there is any threat," he said.

Sources in Haider's family, meanwhile, indicated that the atmosphere within the squad might have contributed to his decision. One source told ESPNcricinfo that Zulqarnain was suitably excited after the fourth ODI victory but, in a call to family members the next day, he spoke of tension and pressures within the side getting him down.

Raza Haider, Zulqarnain's brother, said the wicketkeeper had reportedly received threats. "I spoke to Zulqarnain after the fourth ODI and he told me he had received some kind of threats after that game, but he gave no details," Raza said.

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Bizzare.....

Bizzare.....

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Wow,this is turning out into

Wow,this is turning out into a major major issue, Zulqarnain has announced his retirement from cricket and elaborates on what happened to Cricinfo

"In his first public comments since fleeing from Dubai and arriving in London on Monday, Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has confirmed that he received threats from unidentified people following his team's one-wicket win in the fourth ODI against South Africa and was told to get in line for the fifth match. As a result of the threats Haider - who is seeking some sort of protection in the UK - has announced his retirement from cricket.

"The way my situation is right now I am retiring from international cricket," Haider (24) said. "There is too much pressure on me, I have received threats, my family has received threats."

The issue of threats brings the matter within the ICC's purview, and its chief executive Haroon Lorgat said it was working with the PCB. "It is a team management issue in the first instance," he told ESPNcricinfo. "We would of course be interested in speaking to him but nobody knows where he is. So we won't make any comments until we are able to establish the facts."

Lorgat did concede, though, that Haider erred in not informing the ACSU. "I think we have to build the confidence amongst the players that the right thing to do is to speak to the ACSU officials if they have got anything that they want to declare. I don't think it was wise of him to have done what he did, because it doesn't solve the problems for him as well and the right thing would have been to speak to the ACSU."

Haider outlined his encounter with the person who approached him, without giving too much detail. "When I went out of the hotel to eat dinner once, he came up. He was alone but I felt there were two to three people behind him. I can describe him. He spoke Urdu but I cannot describe the accent accurately. He said you will make lots of money if you join us and help us. If not, then staying in the team could be difficult and we can make things difficult for you. I don't know why I was approached and others weren't."

Speaking to Geo, a leading Pakistani news channel, Haider was guarded about events of the previous 24 hours but seemed to indicate that he had sought some kind of "protection" from British authorities. He is thought to have been detained at Heathrow by immigration authorities for nearly four hours, before he moved to an undisclosed location.

"The fourth ODI, the things I was told to do I didn't, and the fifth ODI, what they wanted done I didn't do," Haider said. "That is why I did what seemed right to me and I came here. I can't tell what kind of threats I received to the country because my family is still in Pakistan."

When asked further about the nature of these threats and who they might have come from, Haider was unwilling and unable to reveal much more. "I am not accusing anyone of being a match-fixer. I only got one guy telling me that if you can't do this or that, there will be problems, or fix the fourth of fifth ODI. I don't want to say who it is, neither do I know so much about who it is. I have only played two-three ODIs." Asked specifically if he thought players within the team were involved, he said, "I am not saying they are or are not. Only God knows that. But I did what I thought was better for everyone. I just didn't want to sell my country, my mother. The country is like your mother and if you sell that you are nothing."

Haider also confirmed that he took his passport from the team management on the pretext of buying a SIM card for his mobile and left on Monday morning. Questions have been raised by a number of former players and board officials themselves about why he didn't approach the board first to report the threats, as is required by the anti-corruption code of conduct. "I felt if I told them, it would get worse for me and my family so I thought to come here. I know about British rules as I have been coming here for the last nine to ten years. They protect you.

"If I had told the PCB or players, it would've gotten out and then who knows? I don't feel it would've been better to tell anyone or authorities there. If I had told any of the other players, it might have put them in trouble also."

Though he didn't confirm that he had sought asylum in the UK, he did strongly indicate that he was seeking some form of protective status. "I cannot say where I am. I am not in a detention centre. Immigration authorities helped me a lot. The British government is such that if you are on the right path, they will protect you. They have rules [as far as asylum is concerned] and you can't enter until you have given reasons why. Immigration asked me what I would do. According to the rules they said go like this but hire a government lawyer. I don't have money right now to hire a private one but if this is the cost of walking on the right path, then so be it, I will bear it."

As the interview went on, Haider became emotional, ending it with a plea that his family - currently in Lahore - be helped and protected. "Help my family somehow. If it can be done, send my family here. For their security. I have my daily wages from the South Africa series and that is it. I will communicate with someone to see if they can help me financially."

Haider has not yet contacted the Pakistan High Commission in London. "We are not involved. Not to my knowledge. He [Haider] has not approached us as yet," an official at the High Commission said. When asked if the Pakistan board had approached them, he did not confirm or deny, saying that the "PCB should be handling it."

ESPNcricinfo understands the PCB discussed various options of dealing with the matter, including contacting the high commission in the UK and asking them to offer Haider protection. This suggestion, however, was overruled. Haider's family in Lahore said he has not been in touch with them since his arrival in the UK."

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Update on Haider Incident

Seems like things are getting more confusing

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/con...

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Looks like he just wanted to

Looks like he just wanted to move to the UK and seek asylum there? The story doesn't really add up. He could well be deported if his case is rejected. This is sure to put an end to his career as a cricketer.

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