The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken an express measure to prevent its players from pulling a Haider. The board has prohibited its contracted cricketers from using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter during upcoming series following the controversy surrounding runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider.
In early November whiel pakistan was in the midst of a series against South Africa, Haider fled the UAE to seek security from bookies whom he claimed were threatening his life, and asylum in the UK. Though he did not surface till a few days later, he kept the public informed by updating his Facebook page.
The board also warned of taking recourse to legal action against those putting up fake accounts of players on social networking websites. "There are many accounts that are not operated by the players," the PCB's legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi said. "Fake ones operated by other people are a hazard. These people are liable to face charges of cyber crime and fraud. So my advice to them is to be careful, otherwise they can be prosecuted."
Concern over the use of such websites by players has not involved just the PCB. Kevin Pietersen's outburst on Twitter over his exclusion from the limited-overs side in August resulted in the England Cricket Board introducing specific regulations for micro-blogging. And allrounder Dimitri Mascarenhas was banned by the ECB for two weeks following his profane messages against a national selector.