London:Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider made his first public appearance ever since fleeing from Dubai in the middle of the One Day International (ODI) series against South Africa when he held press conference at a restaurant in London and admitted that he ran for life and wants to be safe. (Watch: Zulqarnain speaks out)
On Monday, the wicketkeeper had fled the Pakistan team hotel in Dubai hours before the decisive fifth ODI against South Africa, claiming he was facing serious threats from people who wanted him to fix the last two ODIs.
But, rumours started floating that he indeed was involved in match-fixing and had taken Rs. three crore. Though, Zulqarnain Haider claimed that he was clean.
"I am requesting Pakistan government and the British government and police members to seal my accounts and check all accounts all over the world and if anything proves that I was involved, I will face anything," said Haider.
Eversince arriving in London, Zulqarnain has been seeking asylum in the United Kingdom and also pleaded with the Pakistani government to assure the safety of his family as the fixers had threatened to kill them.
"They told me if you work with us we will give you a lot of money. If you can't, you will not get selected again in cricket. And if you go back home we will kill you and your family also", Haider said.
Haider further said that he just wants to be "safe" and remain "in peace" where ever that would be (Pakistan or UK). He said that he was a good citizen in Pakistan and would remain so anywhere he stays.
However, the 24-year-old's central contract has been suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board has also appointed a three member fact-finding committee to find out the reasons for his fleeing the team hotel without informing anyone.
Director of Cricket Operations, PCB, Zakir Khan has said that the Board is not in contact with Haider till now and the keeper had violated the terms and conditions of his contract.
"We are not in contact with him (wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider), in fact we have been trying to get in touch with him but unfortunately we have not established any link yet. Certain actions which we have taken today: there is an inquiry committee, which is investigating the matter of his disappearance from the hotel room while he was in Dubai. And the second is that we have suspended his contract under our central contract rules which we have taken that step today."
"We are investigating this matter. What we have heard so far is from him, via press and electronic media. He has not contacted us personally. So we will like to know what went wrong and what happened. And will like to get his views on that", Khan added further.
(With agency inputs)