By D. Asghar
The recent incident where a Pakistani cricketer, Zulqarnain Haider went missing in Dubai, and surfaced in London, should not surprise any one at all. In the wake of a full blown undercover sting, done by a British tabloid, where Pakistani cricketers allegedly participated in a match fixing scam, anything is expected from our national heroes.
The details of his sudden disappearance from Dubai rocked the entire Pakistani media. Then his announcement of resignation from cricket, due to threats to his life by unknown people fueled the mysteries surrounding this incident. In a nutshell, what he is alleging is that, he was approached by the “match fixers” and he refused to budge. ZH was questioned by British Immigration officials for hours as he supposedly applied for asylum in the UK.
The fans have expressed their concerns and criticism about the Board. The disgruntled citizens show their angst, by equating the Cricket Board to the inept government of Pakistan. Both seem to be totally notorious for their reputation of incessant corruption. The scandals against Pakistani cricket team are mounting. The investigations are on going and who knows what the final outcome would be. Of course the details of this recent episode are sketchy and emerging on an ongoing basis.
Back in the old days the Pakistani wrestlers were famous for their “Noora Kushti.” It seems like the cricketers have given a new dimension to this beloved sport by following the footsteps of their brethren of a forgotten generation and athletics. The biggest losers are of course the die hard fans who are glued to the screen, hoping to see their stars in real action. Lately, they are getting a lot of deception from their men in green.
The valid questions that a lot of fans are raising are, why didn’t ZH report the threats to the Team Management or Dubai Police for that matter? How does seeking asylum in Britain help him in that regard? Giving the recent murder of Dr. Imran Farooq’s in broad day light on the streets of London some credence, how is that place out of reach for such shady spot fixers?
In order to bring some much needed trust back into this game, it is incumbent upon the Honorary Chief Justice to take immediate notice. Only a judicial inquiry into this can potentially uncover the real actors behind all of this mess. The government inquiries seem to be a temporary band aid. Until or unless a few culprits are brought to exemplary justice, the sorry state of affairs will continue.
Of course there must be some anti gambling laws in the books, which are begging for some serious attention in these cases. Or the other option would be, to perhaps legalize the wagers and gambling and let it emerge as an industry. The government should tax and regulate and generate adequate revenue to refuse the much needed American aid. (Just kidding, a thought crossed my mind while writing all of this. 🙂
There is no doubt that there are some real ugly and nefarious global characters embroiled in this entire saga. It is high time that those “Under world” characters are brought to surface and dealt with on a global level. Otherwise, it is a shame to keep the Cricket team and the Cricket Board of Pakistan in business.