PCB mulls releasing Zulqarnain's dues

Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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PCB mulls releasing Zulqarnain's dues

Karachi, May 23: The Pakistan cricket Board is considering releasing the suspended payment of controversial wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider.

Well-placed sources said that the wicketkeeper had requested the interior minister Rehman Malik to help him in his case.

The PCB had held up all payments of Zulqarnain last year after he fled the Pakistan team hotel in Dubai last November during the one-day series against South Africa.

Haider landed up in London seeking asylum after he claimed that an unknown person had threatened him with dire consequences for not cooperating in fixing the one-day series against South Africa.

The keeper returned home in late April from London after withdrawing his asylum application with the British home office and after getting reassurances from Malik that he would be provided full security and safety in Pakistan.

"When Zulqarnain met with Rehman Malik he requested him to ask the PCB to release his payments from last year''s series in England and in the UAE," one source said.

"Malik recently during his meeting with the PCB Chairman, Ijaz Butt told him that the board should consider helping out Zulqarnain as since he was not playing any cricket because of his case and was facing a financial crisis," the source said.


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