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PCB forms another panel, this time to probe Haider fiasco

November 10, 2010 16:18 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has constituted a three-member committee to investigate the case of wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who fled the team hotel in Dubai to go to London and subsequently applied for political asylum there.

Sources in the board said in Lahore on Wednesday that the committee will hold its preliminary meeting soon to be headed by Subhan Ahmed who is acting director of administration and human resources.

The committee will also include Zakir Khan who heads the international cricket operations and the board's security manager, Colonel Waseem Ahmed.

"The committee has been given the task of finding out the details of the Haider case, the circumstances in which the cricketer left the team hotel and why he did that," a PCB source said.

He said the committee had also been told to get the statement of Haider, who is presently in London.

PCB's legal advisor, Tafazzul Rizvi will assist the committee in its investigations.

The Pakistan wicketkeeper has claimed that he was told by a person to cooperate in fixing the last two One-day Internationals against South Africa in Dubai for which he could earn a lot of money or otherwise he would be out of the team and could also face a lot of problems.

Haider also said that he fled to London out of fear as he and his family were getting threats.

Interestingly, the chairman of the PCB Ejaz Butt has preferred to fly off to China on a private visit from Dubai after witnessing the final one-day match on Monday.

"Butt is in China now for his business and is not scheduled to return until the 20th of this month," a PCB source said.

He acknowledged that in the midst of a major crisis facing Pakistan cricket it was surprising that the PCB chairman had preferred to fly out to China.

Meanwhile, Tafazzul Rizvi has said that Haider still had time to come forward and come clean on the circumstances that led to his leaving the national team.

"I think there is still time for him to come and tell the truth and let the board know why he was compelled to do this. His actions cannot be condoned in anyway but we would like to know what is the truth," Rizvi said.

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