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Pakistan Cricketer Haider’s Contract Suspended for Leaving Team

Nov. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The Pakistan Cricket Board suspended Zulquarnain Haider’s contract after the wicketkeeper left the national team during its series against South Africa.

Haider, 24, quit Pakistan’s five-match one-day series against South Africa and arrived in London two days ago seeking asylum. His brother Raza Haider said yesterday the player received death threats from match-fixers and felt “pressure” from within his own squad. He has retired from the national team and is seeking legal advice over the asylum claim.

The Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed in a statement on its website that it has suspended Haider’s contract and has opened an investigation into the matter.

“A fact-finding committee has been formulated to establish the facts surrounding the incidence of Mr. Haider’s disappearance from the team hotel,” the ruling body said. “PCB is trying to get in touch with Mr. Haider but the attempts to contact him have so far remained unsuccessful.”

Haider told Geo News in Pakistan he received the death threats “to lose the fourth and fifth one-day internationals against South Africa, but I could not compromise the dignity of my country.” The PCB said the player didn’t report any issues to it.

Haider scored a match-winning 19 not out on Nov. 5 as Pakistan tied the series with South Africa 2-2. South Africa won the final game two days ago to take the series, which was played in Dubai because of security concerns preventing Pakistan from playing matches at home.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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