Haider threatens to blow whistle
KARACHI – Former Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider has threatened to reveal more about the involvement of certain Pakistan players in spot-fixing.
In a message posted on his facebook account, Haider criticised the selection of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal in the national team for the series against Australia and the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
“The fact is that Kamran has not yet been cleared by the ICC of wrong-doing and has only been cleared by the national selectors and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB),” Haider claimed.
“If he has any clearance letter from the ICC he should show it publicly and if he doesn’t do that then I will be forced to come out with the truth,” he added.
Haider was selected as a replacement for Kamran Akmal in 2010 and has been at loggerheads with him ever since. On this occasion, he has demanded Akmal’s clearance letter and has said that he would take few more names if that did not happen.
Haider stated that he wanted Pakistan cricket to be clean of any corruption.
“I have said what is in my mind and until now I have kept quiet in the hope that the Pakistan board will not allow players with question marks surrounding their performances to play again.”
Haider accused chief selector Iqbal Qasim of favoritism, noting that he played for the same team (National Bank) as Akmal does.
“That is why he has recalled Kamran and this should be investigated,” Haider added.
Pakistan’s three banned players – Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif – who were jailed for spot-fixing last year have also played for National bank in domestic cricket.