No Protea can do a Haider in away tours: CSA chief

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 10:37 AM IST

Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola has said that no South African player can slip out the team hotel during away tours as done by Pakistani wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider in the midst of an ODI series against his country in Dubai earlier this week.

"There is a curfew and once you are in your hotel room, you can`t get out," Majola was quoted as saying to a Parliamentary committee by an Afrikaans daily.

Majola was addressing the sports and recreation committee on the Proteas` preparedness for next year`s World Cup in the subcontinent.

"We hire, for example, an entire floor of a hotel with the necessary security guards and always know where the players are," he said.

The CSA chief said the board has set measures in place to avoid match-fixers access to South African cricketers.

"Before every tour they are addressed by the anti-corruption unit. They are also taught how to act if a betting agent were to call them. At certain times even their telephones are removed," Majola said.

Majola was reacting to a question in the wake of Haider`s decision to desert his team before the fifth and final ODI against South Africa in Dubai following death threats of match-fixers for refusing to accept their orders.

PTI