Zulqar­nain threat­ens le­gal ac­tion against PCB

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

KARACHI: Run­away Pak­istani wick­et­keeper Zulqar­nain Haider, who stunned one and all by flee­ing the team ho­tel in Dubai hours be­fore the fi­nal one-day in­ter­na­tional against South Africa last month, has threat­ened to take le­gal ac­tion against the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) for al­legedly in­dulging in his "char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion."

A fact-find­ing com­mit­tee set up by the PCB to look into his flight to the UK from Dubai failed to find any clear mo­tives be­hind his ac­tions.

Ex­cerpts from the com­mit­tee's re­port re­vealed that Zulqar­nain's claim that he got death threats from a per­son, who wanted him to fix matches, were dis­puted, and the player was dubbed as "weak and ner­vous".

The now re­tired wick­et­keeper said in a mes­sage on his Face­book page that he was con­tem­plat­ing send­ing a le­gal no­tice to the PCB.

"By declar­ing me a weak and ner­vous per­son and ques­tion­ing my state of mind the fact find­ing com­mit­tee has in­dulged in my char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tion and I re­serve the right to take le­gal ac­tion against the board," Zulqar­nain wrote on the so­cial net­work­ing site. "I also want a copy of the re­port of the com­mit­tee," he de­manded.

The fact find­ing com­mit­tee, which in­cluded Pak­istan team man­ager In­tikhab Alam and the PCB Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Sub­han Ahmed, had found 'am­bi­gu­ity' in the var­i­ous state­ments Zulqar­nain had made over the past few weeks.

The re­port also claimed that some of the sup­port staff of the na­tional team felt that Zulqar­nain was a case of com­plex per­son­al­ity, and some­one who could be eas­ily con­vinced into be­liev­ing what­ever was said to him.

But Zulqar­nain re­futed the re­port's find­ings, stat­ing that some peo­ple were try­ing to declare him a mental case in or­der to save them­selves. -Afp

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