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Runaway Haider returns to Pak

Published: Monday, April 25, 2011, 12:34 [IST]
 
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Runaway Haider returns to Pak

Islamabad, April 25: Runaway Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, has returned home from London after he was assured from interior minister Rehman Malik about the security of his family. He landed at Islamabad airport on Monday morning and was accompanied by security to Malik's office.

25-year-old Haider had announced last week that he was prepared to return to Pakistan and resume his playing career. However, soon afterward, he was reportedly giving his decision a rethink after receiving threatening phone calls. But eventually, he decided to go through with his initial plan.

Haider had gone missing from the Pakistan team's hotel in Dubai juts prior to the fifth and final ODI against South Africa on Nov 8, saying he had received death threats from unidentified people demanding he help them rig a match.

He fled to the UK to seek protection and placed an application for asylum, but the extraordinary nature of his case appeared to fall outside the usual conditions required of a person seeking refugee status.

In the aftermath of his flight, Haider announced his international retirement and his contract with the PCB was suspended. A fact-finding committee subsequently set-up by the PCB to look into the affair failed to find any clear motives behind his actions.

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