Pakistan investigate wicketkeeper no-show

Karachi: Pakistan are investigating wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider’s disappearance hours before their fifth and final one-day international against South Africa in Dubai on Monday.

Pakistan team management said that Zulqarnain had last been seen at the team hotel in Dubai early in the morning.

“I can’t comment on this right now we are getting information,” Pakistan manager Intikhab Alam told Geo News from Dubai.

“I can confirm he didn’t come with the team to the ground.”

In a message on his Facebook account, Zulqarnain appeared to suggest he was worried about his personal safety after receiving threats.

“Leaving Pakistan cricket because get bad messages for lose the match in last game,” he wrote.

Pakistan officials have reported Zulqarnain’s disappearance to the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security unit, as well as local police.

Zulqarnain scored an unbeaten 19 and hit the winning runs as Pakistan levelled the five-match series at 2-2 in the fourth one-dayer on Friday.

The player’s brother Reza told reporters from Lahore that Zulqarnain had expressed fears after receiving threatening messages.

“The last time I spoke to him he told me he was getting threatening messages after the fourth match and to pray for him,” Reza said.

Lahore police official Rana Faisal said they were investigating.

“We have received no official complaint but taking note of the media reports we have sent some officers to his house (in Lahore) to find out details,” Faisal said.

Bureau Report

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