Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider claimed on Tuesday he had been ordered to cooperate with match-fixers during the One-day series with South Africa [ Images ] that ended Monday in Dubai [ Images ].
Zulqarnain, who fled the team hotel Monday and reached London [ Images ] hours later, told the Geo News channel he had been approached by a person who asked him to fix the fourth and fifth One-dayers.
"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," Haider said from London.
"I do not want to say who is involved and who is not involved in the match fixing.
"The country is like a mother and anyone who sells it cannot get anything in life. I did not want to sell my mother, I did not want to sell my country and I did what I thought was better," he added.
Zulqarnain mysteriously left the team hotel hours before the fifth and final One-day match eventually won by South Africa who took the series 3-2.
He landed in London hours later and spent almost four hours locked in discussions with immigration authorities before finally emerging from the Heathrow airport.
Zulqarnain said he had not yet decided on whether to seek political asylum in Britain.
"I have not thought about this, I don't even have enough money to hire a lawyer, my only concern now is the security of my family in Lahore [ Images ]," he said.
The 24-year old, who has played just one Test and four ODIs, insisted he did not regret his decision to walk out on the team.
"I did what I felt was right. I don't want to go into details now," he said.
"But it is a fact that I couldn't be part of any corruption in the series or go against my country," he added.
Zulqarnain said he had gone to London because he felt safe there and knew that in Britain the law protected those in the right.
"I understand there is a rule in Britain that if you are right and if you are not a criminal, then they always protect you," Haider told Geo News.
Security has been beefed up at Haider's house in Lahore but the wicketkeeper, who has played just one Test and four ODIs, said he continues to fear for his family's safety.
"I cannot say what kind of threats I have received as my family is still in Pakistan," he said.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the player had not informed them he was planning to leave the hotel nor had he told them the reason for his sudden decision.
"A full inquiry will be held into the circumstances surrounding this incident," the PCB said in a statement.