Runaway Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has lost his stipend contract after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) suspended the same on Wednesday. The move comes as the first official sign by the board of its annoyance with the cricketer after his strange departure from the Pakistan team hotel in Dubai just prior to his side's 5th ODI against South Africa.
"PCB has suspended the stipend contract of Mr. Zulqarnain Haider for violating terms and conditions of the same," a board statement said.
Though obvioulsy shocked at Haider's actions, the majority of board officials and consultants have not so far as condemned the player (although Pakistan's Federal Sports Minister Ijaz Hussain Jakhrani did call Haider a "coward"). For the moment though, the main aim is to find out about the turn of events surrounding Haider's departure and contacting him.
The PCB has denied reports thet it is considering imposing a life-ban on Haider in the wake of his recent move, especially when protocal requires that he approach the board about any untoward incidents.
"A fact-finding committee has been formulated to establish the facts surrounding the incident of Mr. Haider's disappearance from the team hotel. The Committee will meet soon," added the statement from the PCB.
The board has expressed its current difficulty in contacting Haider who is supposedly at an undisclosed location. He has merely spoken to Geo TV, a Pakistan television channel.
The stipend contract is a notch below the central contracts that the PCB presents annually to a group of players in and around the national squad. Usually, stipend contracts worth Rs. 50,000 per month, are given to younger players on the periphery of national selection.