Zulqarnain Haider’s covert escape from the international squad and his arrival in England has quickly banished the euphoria of two nail-biting victories over South Africa.A week that promised to deliver the right kind of headlines for Pakistan cricket has once more deepened everybody’s sense of bewilderment.
What was it that drove Zulqarnain to this extreme measure isn’t entirely clear but he is certainly a troubled young man. Threats to Pakistan cricketers are not new, and at the very least Zulqarnain’s act will help people outside Pakistan understand some of the pressures that he and his colleagues uniquely face. Pakistan cricketers, like other human beings, aren’t born corrupt. They are products, even victims, of their peculiar environment.
Zulqarnain’s behaviour is already bieng condemnd by experienced voices in Pakistan.They say that,He should have turned back to Pakistan and his cricket board in the first instance. Perhaps so. But it is equally understandable that he might feel unable to trust the current malfunctioning cricket board, despite the ICC task force’s rather hasty announcement of the PCB’s wonderful progress in combating corruption. Naturally, he would feel safer in exposing his concerns in England than in Pakistan, or even Dubai.
Zulqarnain might not be the most talented player to represent Pakistan but he has shown plenty of guts and determination on the cricket field. He clearly wants to win. He puts his country first according to his own words.He has dedicated victories to Imran Khan’s cancer appeal and Pakistan’s flood victims. To me, this is the behaviour of a man whose heart is in the right place, only an extreme cynic would think otherwise.
What Zulqarnain’s thinks in his mind, however, is anybody’s guess.we can not say anything to th fact untill any thing is exposed internaly. But now that he has set off on this lonely road he needs to fully expose everything that has gone before, whatever the short-term cost to cricket and cricketers in Pakistan and elsewhere. The time we get aware of the full story of zulqarnains sudden departure only than we will become able properly judge a person who really wanted to be a wicketkeeper of Pakistan.