Wicketkeeper Zulqarnain fined Rs 500,000

June 18, 2011 1:09 am2 commentsViews: 11


PCB on Friday fined runaway wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider Rs five hundred,000 ($5,800) and place him on a year’s probation for abandoning the team in Dubai over alleged death threats.

The 25-year-old created a stir in Pakistan cricket by fleeing the team hotel and flying to London last November, saying he had received death threats from unknown individuals to repair a one-day match within the series against South Africa.

He applied for political asylum in Britain and announced his retirement from international cricket. however once obtaining safety assurances from the Pakistani government, Haider came back home in April and reneged on his retirement.

On Friday, he appeared before a three-member disciplinary committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

"Haider accepted and apologised for his mistake in leaving the team and once his apology the committee fined him five hundred,000 rupees ($5,800) and he can stay beneath observation for one year," said head of the committee Sultan Rana.

On Thursday, the PCB fined former captain Shahid Afridi four.5 million rupees ($53,000) over a breach of contract by saying his retirement from international cricket and levelling allegations against the PCB.

Like Afridi, Haider acknowledged that he had erred.

"I settle for I created miscalculation," Haider told reporters once the decision. "But I did what i believed to be correct at that point. With the passage of your time I realised my mistake and can not do a similar issue once more."

Haider hoped to stage a comeback.

"It is up to the PCB and therefore the choice committee to pick me, however i’ll do my best to regain my place within the team," said Haider, who created his check debut on last year’s tour of England that was marred by a spot-fixing scandal.


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