Zulqarnain to know the status of his ayslum plea on Friday

Karachi: Runaway Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider will find out on Friday if the authorities in the United Kingdom are willing to grant him asylum.

The Pakistani player, who deserted the national team midway through a series in Dubai last month, has been summoned for a hearing with the home department in London on Friday regarding his application for asylum in the UK.

“Zulqarnain will know his fate on Friday in all probability,” one source said.

The source said that the wicket-keeper had also contacted his lawyers in London and requested them to represent him at the meeting.

The law firm had earlier this week made it clear that it no longer was representing the Pakistan player since he had failed to show up for important meetings and not bothered to return calls to them as well.

The source said that the authorities in the UK had also got in touch with the Pakistan Cricket Board and UK High Commission in Pakistan regarding the wicket-keeper’s asylum application.

“They have collected details about his family background and is family and also on his claims that he and his family had been getting threatening calls in recent days after he threatened to expose the corrupt people in Pakistan cricket,” the source stated.

Zulqarnain had fled the team hotel without informing the team management claiming he had got threats from people who wanted him to fix matches of the ODI series against South Africa last month in Dubai, something he refused to do.

“I have always been a honest person and I don’t believe in indulging in any form of corruption in cricket that is why I have put my cricket career on the line,” he had said recently.

Home department officials in London declined to comment on the Pakistan player’s application status pointing out that they were not allowed to discuss any applicant’s issue with anyone.

But they confirmed that Zulqarnain’s application was under process.


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