Karachi: Dubbed “weak and nervous” by a fact-finding committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board, controversial wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider is threatening to take legal action against the Board.
Excerpts from the report of the fact finding committee were carried in a Pakistani newspaper yesterday in which Zulqarnain’s claim that he got death threats from a person, who wanted him to fix matches, were also disputed.
The wicketkeeper, who stunned one and all by fleeing the team hotel in Dubai hours before the start of the fifth and final one-day international against South Africa last month, said in a message on his facebook page that he was contemplating sending a legal notice to the PCB.
“By declaring me a weak and nervous person and questioning my state of find the fact finding committee has indulged in my character assassination and I reserve the right to take legal action against the board,” Zulqarnain said on his page.
“I also want a copy of the report of the committee,” he demanded.
The fact finding committee that included the Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam and the present chief operating officer of the board Subhan Ahmed found ‘ambiguity’ in the various statements the cricketer has made over the past few weeks and also failed to reach any conclusion on the ‘motives’ which led to his sudden exit from the team and flight to London where he has sought asylum.
The report, according to the newspaper, also claimed that some of the support staff of the national team feel Zulqarnain is a case of complex personality and is someone who can be easily convinced into believing whatever is said to him. He is also stated to be a weak, nervous person.
But Zulqarnain refute the report’s findings stating that some people, in order to save themselves, were trying to declare him a mental case.
“Are people like Rashid Latif, Sarfaraz Nawaz or Iqbal Mohammad Ali (All of whom spoke in his favor) also mentally weak people,” Zulqarnain questioned.
“I am now consulting with my lawyers in the United Kingdom about sending a legal notice to the board for this one-sided report,” he said.
The wicketkeeper who is residing in London on a temporary permit has remained underground for the last few days making no contact with the media as the UK home department processes his application for asylum in the UK.