Saturday, November 13, 2010

Zulqarnain Haider’s sudden disappearance from international cricket : a query for Pakistan management


Depleted of wins, shorn of its match-winners, Pakistan cricket was already in turmoil, when it got another blow after sudden disappearance of Zulqarnain Haider from the team’s hotel in Dubai. Zulqarnain struck while the iron was hot by taking his passport from the team’s manager. He asked him for a new SIM. It would be a bitter pill for you to swallow that the manager known as “The Headmaster” returned him his passport back. You may call him ‘blind leading the blind’ after this irresponsible act. Zulqarnain Haider, after taking his passport, fled to London to seek an asylum. How on earth it happened that Zulqarnain Haider managed to leave the team’s hotel without informing team management? Zulqarnain landed at London Heathrow when a battle of nerves was going on between Pakistan and South Africa. Later, he spoke to media to blow a whistle; where he stated that he and his family is at risk in Pakistan for the bookies have threatened him.

PCB after, a couple of days, terminated his contract and setup a three-member investigating committee to look out into the matter. Two members of that committee are themselves responsible for not resisting to his departure and they are Security advisor and Team manager. How on earth they would say that they played fast and loose?

My Question is to the ‘basket case’ board in Pakistan, controlling the affairs of Cricket in Pakistan, is that Why have you appointed the culprits to investigate the matter? For a new SIM you just need a copy of passport; not the original one. Why did team manager give passport to Zulqarnain, just to buy a new SIM. Was the team manager himself aware of code-conduct. I’m quite sure he wouldn’t. Most of the institutions head’s in Pakistan themselves, are not aware of the rules of their institutions. Zulqarnain Haider left the hotel early in the morning. Why didn’t he inform team management, if it’s a fixing case. Why didn’t team management contact him or the police when he disappeared?

Fans are waiting for black and white, because they want to Save Pakistan Cricket. But to whom they ask; culprits will have to find the culprits? It’s common practice in Pakistan.

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