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Pakistan's Zulqarnain Haider to hold Lashings talks

Zulqarnain Haider
Haider claimed he had received death threats

Pakistan's refugee wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider will hold talks with Kent side Lashings on Monday to discuss him playing for their all-star team.

Haider fled to the UK last week to seek asylum after receiving death threats when he refused to fix two matches.

Lashings began as a village team who have attracted a number of former international cricketers.

"We're very optimistic that we can reach a deal," explained Lashings chairman David Folb.

"I've spoken to Zulqarnain's solicitor and his media people and I'm hoping we can agree a contract for the 2011 season."

The club, whose base is a bar and restaurant in Maidstone, have played all-star charity matches around the world.

Haider left Dubai, where Pakistan were playing South Africa, on 9 November, after hitting the winning runs in the fourth of their five-match one-day international series.


Announcing his retirement from international cricket on arriving in London, he said had been approached in Dubai by a person who asked him to fix the fourth and fifth games against South Africa.

His central contract was subsequently suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper and captain Rashid Latif, who has also appeared for Lashings, put Folb in touch with Haider and his lawyer.

"Rashid Latif is another member of the Lashings family and he was treated as a pariah by certain people because he stood up for what he believed was right and said no to match-fixing," added Folb.

"We believe Zulqarnain would feel at home with us."

Cricketing legends to have turned out for Lashings' World XI include Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Gordon Greenidge, Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose and Muttiah Muralitharan.

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