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Zulqarnain seeks UK asylum;quits international cricket

LONDON: Zulqarnain Haider Pakistan wicketkeeper plans to seek political asylum in Britain after fleeing the team amid alleged threats for defying a match-fixing conspiracy.He also announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday.

Haider arrived London on monday and in an interview broadcast by a private television channel on Tuesday,he said that he had discussed his status with immigration officials and “according to their rules, I will have to follow this procedure.”

he also added that“I understand there is rule in Britain that if you are on right and if you are not a criminal, then they always protect you,”

Haider said that“I was approached by one person who asked me to fix the fourth and fifth match and there would be problem for me if I did not do it,”
“I do not want to say who is involved and who is not involved in the match fixing.”

It means Haider would not identify who threatened him or the nature of the threats that prompted him to flee the team hotel in Dubai and fly out to England without telling anyone.

The alleged threats came after he scored the winning run in the fourth one-day international against South Africa on Friday to clinch a one-wicket victory for Pakistan, thereby foiling an alleged plan to allow South Africa to win the game.

“The country is like a mother and any one who sells it cannot get anything in life,” Haider said.
“I did not want to sell my mother, I did not want to sell my country and I did what I thought was better.”

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