Lahore, June 17:Runaway Pakistan wicket keeper Zulqarnain Haider might just get to play for his national side again. But his future hinges on his compliance with two caveats laid out by the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) disciplinary committee. One, that he pay a fine off 500,000 for violating the code of conduct when he fled to UK last November while midway through as series in the UAE, without informing the management. And two, that he remain on probation for a year, during which is conduct will remain under scrutiny.
Haider appeared before the PCB disciplinary committee, comprising Sultan Rana, Wasim Ahmed and Mohammad Awais, on Friday in Lahore. "Zulqarnain will also be under a one-year probation period, during which his conduct will be observed," read a statement from the board.
The PCB added that Haider had no evidence of any wrongdoing against any player or official of the board, and withdrew all his allegations.
Haider had diasppared from Pakistan team's hotel in Dubai on the morning of the fifth ODI against South Africa on Nov 8. Later he said he had received death threats from unidentified people demanding that he aid them in a bid of match-fixing.
Haider said his decision to flee was an error. "I did what I thought was right at that time. With the passage of time I realised that I committed a mistake. I should have informed the PCB, I should have informed my seniors."
Zulqarnain said he is looking forward to resume his career. "I just want to play cricket. [But] It all depends on the selection committee, whether they pick me for the national team or not."