Pakistan wicket-keeper-batsman Zulqarnain Haider’s career ended with the infamous incident. He fled to London between the ODI series against South Africa in 2010. At that time, Haider explained that he was forced to do match-fixing in the series, but his allegations could not be proved. The wicketkeeper-batsman has now again come forward and revealed that Umar Akmal was the reason for his disappearing act during an ODI series against Proteas.
Haider has said that Umar and other teammates ha give him life threats because he refused to do match-fixing in the same series. So, he had to escape from Proteas for safety. Haider’s bold statement came after Umar has been handed over a three-year ban by PCB for not reporting a corrupt approach ahead of the PSL.
Umar Akmal and others made me to flee London: Zulqarnain Haider
“I remember telling him to just do his job and carry the drinks. But later he (Umar) and some others directly threatened me and kept on badgering me so much that I came under psychological pressure and fear and flew to London without informing anyone,” he said in an interview.
“But the threats and pressure were too much for me to bear and I left. I was also getting threats from some unknown persons to underperform,” he said.
Zulqarnain Haider Demands Life Ban For Umar Akmal:
Haider, who scored 88 runs in the only Test he played at Birmingham in 2010 in place of Kamran Akmal, also demands PCB to increase Umar’s three-year ban on life ban. He even urges to size the Umar’s property.
“He has been involved in shady dealings and not only does he deserve a life ban even his property and assets should be seized,” Zulqarnain said on Saturday.
After that incident, Haider was not given an opportunity to perform. He has played to four ODIs, three T20Is, and only a Test in his cricket career.