If things are looking back for Salman Butt, they are looking no better for runaway wicketkeeper, Zulqarnain Haider either.
The Pakistan wicket keeper’s claims are being questioned by the inquiry committee looking into the Pakistan Cricket Board and they remain unconvinced about Haider’s reasons for leaving the Pakistan team ahead of the fifth ODI against South Africa in the UAE.
Haider had disappeared from the team hotel prior to the start of the match and landed in London claiming he was being hounded by what is believed was a bookie syndicate that wanted him to fix the results. Failing to comply, he claimed he feared for his own life as that of his family.
However, what the committee finds contradictory is how the cricketer chose not to confide in the security detail attached to the Pakistan cricket team or to the officials but rather had no compunction in posting the message on his social networking site.
The PCB is also questioning the angle of Haider seeking political asylum and the grounds for it, stating the choice of where he chose to run to also remains a matter of mystery. There are also conflicting reports over the manner in which he received the reported fixing messages even though the Scotland Yard have spoken to Haider in connection with his claims at the behest of the ICC.
The PCB was not happy at the very outset at the manner in which Haider brought further spotlight on Pakistan cricket while the ICC have agreed to aid the cricketer in a bid to unearth some of the problems behind the allegations of spot fixing and match fixing that have brought Pakistan cricket to its knees in the past twelve months and more so, on Pakistan’s tour of England.