Zulqarnain Haider eyes return to Pakistani cricket


Pakistan wicket keeper batsman Zulqarnain Haider, suddenly cameinto limelight when he walked out of the Pakistan cricket team and went on toseek asylum in the United Kingdom.

Haider now plays private tennis ball T20 tournaments in theUnited States, along with his job in the banking sector. However, he still desiresto make an international comeback.

"Tennis ball cricket can also be a career option. Oneof my friends was a part of the organising committee. So I came here for a fewmatches. You never know but hope this also gives players a scope of growth. Thematches are completed in short span of time and is lucrative also," said ZulqarnainHaider, reported Press Trust of India.

It was six years ago when Zulqarnain representing Pakistanagainst South Africa in the United Arab Emirates. It was the decider fifth ODI,but the wicketkeeper was nowhere to be seen. Haider left the team and flew to UnitedKingdom seeking asylum after allegedly receiving life-threatening calls.

Six years later Haider believes he did the right thing. "Ihave always maintained that I had specific issues with a few players whom Iwon"t like to name. And I was right, wasn"t I ? Now the atmosphere in thePakistan team is great. I have no problems with any of the current cricketerswho are representing Pakistan.”

Haider however, believes that he could still make into the Pakistanteam, "I can still come back to the national side as a second wicketkeeperbatsman,” he said.

“I know Sarfraz (Ahmed) is doing a good job both with thebat and the gloves but I can be the second choice still. I am good enough forthat. I will take it as a new beginning. Even during my first stint with thenational side, I was understudy to Kamran Akmal," concluded Zulqarnain.

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