Zulqarnain issue: PCB content playing waiting game
Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board is waiting for the United Kingdom’s home department to take a call on the asylum application of wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider.
Admitting that Zulqarnain had violated his central contract with the board by leaving the team hotel in Dubai before resurfacing in London during last month’s series against South Africa, a PCB official said the PCB didn’t want to make early judgements on the case.
“We immediately suspended his contract on disciplinary grounds but we don’t want to do anything more until we know what happens to his application,” the official said.
“We don’t want to jeopardise his case by doing anything,” Subhan Ahmed, a member of PCB’s fact-finding committee, said.
Ahmed, however, scotched rumours about PCB taking a lenient stand on the wicketkeeper.
“It is a complicated case and some things are still not clear, although we had three discussions with Zulqarnain while investigating this matter,” Ahmed said.
The fact-finding committee in its report observed that Zulqarnain was a weak and nervous man.
Reacting strongly to the observations of the fact-finding committee, Zulqarnain threatened to sue the board and while demanding a copy of the report.
“By declaring me a weak and nervous person and questioning my state, the fact-finding committee has indulged in my character assassination and I reserve the right to take legal action against the board,” Zulqarnain’s last update on facebook read.
“I also want a copy of the report of the committee,” he further wrote.
Ahmed, however, clarified that besides speaking to Zulqarnain the committee members had also spoken to his team members, officials, support staff and the staff of the hotel in Dubai besides friends of the wicketkeeper before finalizing their report.
“Our report is based on what we have heard or been told or what we have observed. But the PCB is now waiting to see how things go in the case,” he said.