Zulqarnain Haider missing just before match

Published: Monday, November 8, 2010, 16:38 [IST]
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Haider missing just before match

Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has reportedly gone missing as he did not arrive with the team at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium for the deciding ODI against South Africa.

A message left as a status update on the player's Facebook page said: "leaving pakistan cricket because get bad msg fr 1 man fr lose the match in last game."

A TV reporter said that he had got a similar text message from Haider earlier on Monday. It still unclear whether Haider has left the UAE because the passports of players are usually kept with management officials.

"He is missing and we found this out in the morning when getting ready to come to the stadium," said Nadeem Sarwar, the PCB's general manager of media.

"He did not say anything to the team management about this at all. We have initiated inquiries into the matter. The ACSU has been informed and is being kept in the loop. Local security officials have also been alerted," Sarwar told ESPNcricinfo.

Raza Haider, Zulqarnain's brother, said the wicketkeeper had reportedly received threats. "I spoke to Zulqarnain after the fourth ODI and he told me he had gotten some kind of threats after that game, but he gave no details," Raza said.

Pakistan had to take an ad hoc decision to announce its new XI for the final game early, making three modifications; Umar Akmal, Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammad Yousuf, were brought into the side. Akmal will, most probably, take over Haider's role.

At this moment neither the ICC nor the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), is involved in any inquiry into Haider's disappearance. "As of now there is nothing like that. We have nothing to do with it," an ICC source told ESPNcricinfo. "The fact that he left on his own is very clear. The reason still are unclear."

Haider's short international career has not lacked drama. He had played a Twenty20 international for Pakistan - against South Africa - in 2006-07, but he made his Test debut only earlier this year. He took Kamran Akmal's place for the second Test against England this summer, and made a gritty 88 in the second innings. He got a finger injury during the game and flew back soon after, missing the rest of the tour. Haider was fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday for breaching team curfew during the ODI series against South Africa.


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