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Last Updated: Tuesday November 09 2010 17:13 GMT

Pakistan cricket star Haider quits after threats

Pakistan cricketer Zulqarnain Haider playing against South Africa

One of Pakistan's star cricketers has quit his international career over fears about his safety.

Wicket keeper Zulqarnain Haider left his team hotel in Dubai on Monday and flew to London without telling anyone.

The 24-year-old says both he and his family have been threatened after he refused to fix two one-day matches.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has promised a full inquiry but said Haider had not told them he was leaving the team hotel, or his reason for going.

It's not the first time Pakistan's cricket team has made headlines over match-fixing claims this year.


After the team's summer Test match against England, four of Pakistan's players were questioned by police over claims that some of the team had cheated.

Pakistan's team manager insisted that the claims were unproven.