Zulqarnain Haider, the former Pakistan wicketkeeper, who left his team midway through a series citing death threats by match-fixers, returned home from London amid tight security.
Haider had announced last week that he was prepared to return to Pakistan and resume his playing career. However, soon after that, he was reportedly reconsidering his decision after receiving threatening phone calls but later left an update on his Facebook page confirming that he would be returning as planned.
Haider had gone missing from the Pakistan team’s hotel in Dubai on the morning of the fifth and final ODI against South Africa on November 8, saying he had received death threats from unidentified people seeking to draw him into match-fixing. He fled to the UK to seek protection and placed an application for asylum that hinged on the nature of the information he was able to divulge, as the extraordinary nature of his case appeared to fall outside the usual conditions required of a person seeking refugee status.
Last year Haider announced his international retirement and his contract with the PCB was suspended. A fact-finding committee subsequently set up by the PCB to look into the affair failed to find any clear motives behind his actions.
Zulqarnain made a successful Test debut in England last year, scoring a brilliant 88 in the second innings to help Pakistan avoid follow on. He also played four one day and three Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan.