Haider to reveal corrupt; family gets threatening calls

Karachi: In what could bring more trouble for Pakistan cricket, stumper Zulqarnain Haider on Sunday said he will reveal the identity of the people, who took bribes while being the country’s cricket set-up.

Soon after his announcement on the Facebook page, his family filed a police complaint as his wife got threatening calls from an unknown caller.

Haider had fled to London after allegedly receiving death threats from match-fixers when he was in Dubai for an ODI series against South Africa and retired from international cricket in a hush.

Haider is apparently miffed by negative remarks about him by Pakistan’s one-day captain Shahid Afridi, manager Intikhab Alam and the PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi.

He on Sunday wrote on his Facebook page that all those who were talking negative about him should wait for five more days and he will expose them.

Zulqarnain had earlier on his MSM page declared he would soon be in Islamabad.

“I will soon let the people know the background of some people and about those who take or had taken money,” he wrote on the social-networking site.

His wife started getting the calls soon after the message was posted and spread through media.

“The caller speaking in Urdu warned her that if her husband uttered a word about anyone the family would disappear,” Aqeel, Haider’s brother said.

He said one call had come from a number traced to Greece while two others came from unknown locations.

“My father has filed a police complaint because we are taking these calls very seriously and we are worried about our safety, we have asked for police protection,” he added.

Haider is facing an inquiry from the PCB, which is clearly unhappy with his act of leaving the team without informing the team management during the series in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The wicketkeeper has claimed he took the extreme decision because he was under threat from some people who wanted him to get involved in fixing matches but he refused the offer.

Alam, who heads a three member PCB fact-finding committee to look into the circumstances leading to Zulqarnain’s flight from Dubai, is due to submit his report by tomorrow.

He told the media on Saturday that although Pakistan had a good series with South Africa but the Haider incident was a big shock for everyone and came out of the blue.

“It was something that had never happened before and my contention is that even if he had got threats he should have at least spoken to us and sought our guidance and help,” Intikhab said.


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