He had to flee after being constantly threatened by Umar Akmal: Zulqarnain Haider

KARACHI: Former Pakistani wicketkeeper hitter Zulqarnain Haider has blamed Umar Akmal for his disappearance during an ODI series against South Africa in 2010, saying he was threatened by the tainted player for not colluding with him to lose a game.

Zulqarnain claimed that he was forced to leave his team's Dubai hotel and fly to London in mysterious circumstances after receiving threatening messages from his then-teammate Umar and a few others after he refused to underperform in the third. international day of the same series

I remember telling him to just do his job and bring the drinks. But then he (Umar) and a few others directly threatened me and kept bothering me so much that I fell under psychological pressure and fear and flew to London without informing anyone, he said in an interview.

Zulqarnain's promising career ended after that episode in November 2010.

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He said the three-year ban on Umar for failing to reveal point-setting approaches is too lenient.

He has been involved in shady business and not only deserves a lifetime ban, even his property and assets must be seized, Zulqarnain said Saturday.

Zulqarnain, now 34, had applied for asylum in London after leaving the team hotel in Dubai without informing management.

The wicketkeeper, who scored 88 runs in the only test he played at Birmingham in 2010 instead of Kamran Akmal He claimed that he had reported on the Umar affair by telling him not to give up to management.

But the threats and pressure were too much for me and I left. He also received threats from some unknown people who were not working, he said.

Zulqarnain returned to Lahore in 2011 with the guarantees of the then Interior Minister, Rehman Malik But he has not been able to revive his cricket career.

Pakistan then team manager, Intikhab Alam , had described Zulqarnain as a young man with mental problems.