Umar Akmal to be interrogated by PCB’s probe committee


The PCB disciplinary committee will question batsman Umar Akmal and some other players as well as members of the team management when it begins its inquiry into the Zulqarnain Haider case.
The PCB has formed a three-member committee to find out the reasons that led to the Haider fleeing the team hotel in Dubai last November without informing anyone.
The committee will be headed by Sultan Rana, who is head of the PCB domestic cricket operations.
The committee met recently at the National cricket Academy but nothing fruitful came under discussion in the meeting and was adjourned till further directions from the PCB to reassemble.
Its has been learnt that the same committee will also hold inquiry against Yasir Hameed for his allegation of match-fixing when the tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir were in spotlight for their involvement in spot-fixing last year during the England tour.
Yasir later apologized and stated that he had repeated the report’s question and did not know he was being recorded.
Rana is also tasked with the responsibility of finding out whether there is credence to claims by Haider that he fled the team hotel because an unknown person threatened him of dire consequences for refusing to co-operate in fixing the one-day series against South Africa in the UAE last year.
Haider had sought asylum in London on security grounds but returned home last month after getting assurances from the interior minister Rehman Malik that he would be safe and secure in Pakistan.
Haider in his reply to the notice sent to him by the Board had blamed Umar Akmal for harassing him and causing him mental stress during the series in the UAE.
“Yes, the committee will also question Umar Akmal and some other players because the allegations made by Haider are serious,” a PCB official said. The Board official said that until the committee reached a verdict, the keeper would remain suspended and his central contract also stood cancelled. “The committee will hold its first hearing probably in the first week of June as Colonel Waseem Ahmed, one of the members is presently accompanying the team in England as security manager,” he said. “The committee will question the manager and coach and also some players with reference to the case as it has to reach a conclusion whether there was a valid reason for Haider to have violated the code of conduct by fleeing the team hotel during a series,” the official added.
He also confirmed that so far no official request had been received from the wicketkeeper for release of his match fees and other allowances which were held back by the board. He said the Board also had no information whether the department that used to employ Haider would give a job again. “For the moment he can’t play any cricket.”