Haider to sue PCB

Posted By: Pti

Karachi, Jan 24 (PTI) The run-away Pakistan wicketkeeper,Zulqarnain Haider today said that he is all set to take legalaction against the Board officials of his country for castingdoubt upon his mentality.

Haider wrote on his Facebook (a social networkingwebsite) page that he "is ready now 2 (to) sue PCB aboutmental illness report..." and claimed he would be initiatinglegal process against the members of the inquiry committeethat investigated the reasons behind his run from a team hotelin Dubai.

Some support staff members of the national team hadearlier briefed Pakistan Cricket Board''s (PCB) inquirycommittee that Haider had a complex personality, was a "weaknerve" person and "a person who is easily convinced intobelieving whatever is said to him."

The inquiry committee, which interviewed Haider overtelephone had however ruled out any action against him andinstead had asked PCB to write to Haider and ask him whatforced him to fly to London.

Lashing out at Hiader''s intention to sue the officials,Tafazzul Rizvi, the legal advisor of PCB said he has failed tounderstand on what grounds the cricketer is planning a legalaction against the Board.

"Any citizen of Pakistan can sue anyone but there must besome logic and basis for taking such an action. I really don''tknow on what grounds, Zulqarnain is saying he will sue us,"Rizvi said.

The lawyer pointed out that Haider himself was a"fugitive" who has embarrassed the national team by fleeingthe team hotel.

"I don''t know what he wants but when he does decide tosue us and sends a notice we will respond accordingly. But atthe moment I don''t think he is in a position to complain sincehe broke discipline and the code of conduct with his actions,"Rizvi added.

Emphasising on the payment of dues to the elopedwicketkeeper, Rizvi reiterated the board would see if he sendsthem a notice and then decide. "We have to take into count hehas violated the board and team discipline," the lawyerinsisted.

Haider has applied for asylum in the United Kingdom afterfleeing the Pakistan team hotel in Dubai in November duringthe one-day series against South Africa and is currentlyresiding on a temporary residence permit in the country.

Last week he had announced that he was happy to know thathis wife and two children would be joining him soon in London.

Story first published: Monday, January 24, 2011, 16:01 [IST]
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