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Updated: November 15, 2010 15:44 IST

Zulqarnain Haider resurfaces in London

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Earlier on Monday, Pakistan team officials had reported Zulqarnain Haider as missing to police and the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit. Photo: AP
AP Earlier on Monday, Pakistan team officials had reported Zulqarnain Haider as missing to police and the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit. Photo: AP

Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider resurfaced in London on Monday after skipping his team’s one-day match against South Africa in Dubai.

Haider flew to Heathrow Airport aboard a flight from the United Arab Emirates, where he had been scheduled to play in the deciding one-day international in the series against South Africa.

Team officials had reported Haider as missing to police and the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit. The same unit helped investigate an alleged betting scandal involving three Pakistan players during a test against England in August.

On Haider’s Facebook page, he wrote earlier on Monday that he was “leaving Pakistan cricket because get bad msg fr 1 man fr lose the match in last game”

Haider scored the winning run in the fourth ODI against South Africa on Friday to clinch a one-wicket victory for Pakistan that levelled the five-match series at 2-2 and set up the final match at Dubai International Cricket Ground.

“The information shared with the PCB by local authorities indicates that Mr. Haider has left the UAE for the United Kingdom,” the PCB said in a statement. “The PCB continues to monitor this situation and is in regular contact with concerned authorities in this regard.”

The PCB said a “full inquiry” will be held into the “circumstances surrounding this incident” and “no further comments will be made until the facts are known.”

The ICC said it was aware of Haider’s disappearance. A Dubai police spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

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