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Haider’s family reports threats to police

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The family of Zulqarnain Haider, the Pakistan wicketkeeper, has reported receiving threatening phone calls to the police after Haider, who is still in England, said he would expose those involved in corrupt practices in Pakistan cricket. “Zulqarnain’s wife got three calls today, two from an unknown number and one from a number in Greece, in which the caller, speaking in Urdu, threatened her of dire consequences if Zulqarnain said anything about anyone,” Aqeel Haider, one of Haider’s brother said.

Aqeel said the calls were received after Haider had updated his Facebook page with a message saying he would blow the whistle on “those who have taken money.” “All these people who are saying negative things about me, they should wait for five more days, then I will show them my background and status,” Haider wrote.“After five days I will show them their background and place, and also those who don’t take money and those who have taken money.”

Haider had gone missing from the team hotel on the morning of Pakistan’s fifth ODI against South Africa in Dubai and resurfaced in London later the same day.He was said to be seeking protection in the UK after he was threatened by unidentified people following his team’s one-wicket win in the fourth ODI against South Africa. As a result of the threats Haider announced his retirement from cricket.


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