Had to Flee After Being Constantly Threatened by Umar Akmal: Zulqarnain

Needed to Flee After Being Consistently Threatened by Umar Akmal: Zulqarnain

Had to Flee After Being Constantly Threatened by Umar Akmal: Zulqarnain

Karachi: Pakistan’s former wicketkeeper-batsman Zulqarnain Haider has blamed Umar Akmal for his disappearing act throughout an ODI sequence in opposition to South Africa in 2010, saying he was threatened by the contaminated participant for not conniving with him to lose a match.

Zulqarnain claimed that he was compelled to go away his crew resort in Dubai and fly out to London below mysterious circumstances after receiving threatening messages from his then teammate Umar and some others after he refused to under-perform within the third one-day worldwide of the identical sequence.

“I bear in mind telling him to simply do his job and carry the drinks. However later he (Umar) and a few others straight threatened me and saved on badgering me a lot that I got here below psychological strain and concern and flew to London with out informing anybody,” he mentioned in an interview.

Zulqarnain’s promising profession ended following that episode in November 2010.

He mentioned the three-year ban on Umar for not revealing spot-fixing approaches is simply too lenient.

“He has been concerned in shady dealings and never solely does he deserve a life ban even his property and property needs to be seized,” Zulqarnain mentioned on Saturday.

Zulqarnain, who’s 34 now, had sought asylum in London after leaving the crew resort in Dubai with out informing the administration.

The wicketkeeper, who scored 88 runs in the one Check he performed at Birmingham in 2010 instead of Kamran Akmal, claimed that he had reported the matter of Umar telling him to under-perform to the administration.

“However the threats and strain had been an excessive amount of for me to bear and I left. I used to be additionally getting threats from some unknown individuals to below carry out,” he mentioned.

Zulqarnain returned to Lahore in 2011 on the assurances of the then inside minister, Rehman Malik, however he has not been in a position to resurrect his cricket profession.

Pakistan then crew’s supervisor, Intikhab Alam, had described Zulqarnain as a troubled younger man with psychological points.

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