Haider still waiting for asylum decision

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010, 18:31 PM IST

Karachi: Zulqarnain Haider, who has sought asylum in the United Kingdom after fleeing the national team during a series against South Africa in Dubai early last month, is still waiting for a decision on his application for asylum.

After threatening to exposure people who are corrupt in Pakistan cricket on his facebook page recently, Haider has surprisingly gone quiet and underground, leading to speculations that perhaps his asylum request has been granted.

But his brother Aqeel Hiader said today that the application was still under process in the British Home Office.

"His stay has been extended in the United Kingdom by the authorities and he is living peacefully in London, waiting for a decision on his asylum.”

"Right now he does not want to say anything on cricket until his asylum application is decided," Aqeel said.

The wicketkeeper rocked the world cricket early last month when he left the team hotel without informing the Pakistani team management hours before the fifth and final One-day International against South Africa in Dubai.

Zulqarnain landed in London the same day and claimed that he had fled from the team hotel as he had been threatened by people who were wanting him to fix matches in the one-day series.

Aqeel also said that Zulqarnain as per schedule had appeared before the home department officials in London on December 7 but a final decision on his application was yet to be taken.

"He has also hired a new lawyer to represent him in the case and he is waiting for things to settle down before he can make a comeback to cricket," he added.

Aqeel said that so far no one from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had contacted the family in Lahore regarding the threatening calls that Zulqarnain`s wife was getting a few days back.

PTI