Pakistan keeper Haider Bound For UK After Missing Scare
Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has left the team camp and is flying from Dubai to London, team manager Intikhab Alam has said.
Earlier it was feared that the 24-year-old had disappeared ahead of Monday’s deciding one-day international against South Africa.
He reportedly received a threatening message after helping Pakistan win Friday’s fourth one-day match.
The BBC has been told that Haider boarded the flight on Monday morning.
Mr Alam told the BBC’s Islamabad bureau that the wicketkeeper asked for his passport on Sunday night, saying that he needed it to get a local phone for his mobile telephone.
The BBC understands the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption unit is aware of the case, and will want to speak to Haider as soon as it can.
Haider was fined 12,000 rupees ($140) on Sunday after allegedly breaking curfew hours imposed by the team management along with fellow players Shahzaib Hasan and Abdur Rehman.
Mr Alam said that when the player was discovered not to have been in his room it was initially feared he was missing.
Haider reportedly sent a text to a Pakistani journalist and posted a message on his own Facebook page. Both messages said he was “leaving Pakistan cricket because get bad msg fr 1 man fr lose the match in last game”.
He scored a match-winning 19 not out to help Pakistan win the fourth one-day international, played in Dubai on Friday.
Pakistan’s win levelled the five-match series at 2-2.