10 Nov 2010

Zulqarnain seeks asylum, quits internationals

11:06 am on 10 November 2010

The Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider is seeking asylum in Britain after fleeing from Dubai because he feared for his safety after being ordered to cooperate with match-fixers.

Zulqarnain says he was forced to apply for asylum because of the circumstances that made him leave the team hotel in Dubai.

He says he had no intention of applying for asylum and could have earned much more coming to England as a Pakistani player without any issues.

The 24-year-old also announced his international retirement after being asked to fix the fourth and fifth one-day internationals against South Africa.

Zulqarnain says the approach was followed by threats so he's decided it's best for to retire.