Karachi: Former wicket-keeper batsman Zulqarnain Haider has revealed that the recently banned Umar Akmal asked him to underperform in 2010 against South Africa during the third ODI of a five-match series.
The 34-year-old said that he also informed the team management but he received threats from match-fixers that led him to flew to England after the fourth ODI.
“It was a very crucial match (South Africa won the match by two) and when I was batting, Umar Akmal brought drinks for us and had told me to underperform. His clear words were: don’t bat efficiently. I had then clearly told him to only perform his drinks man duty,” he said while talking to a Bangladesh cricket website.
“The matter was also brought to the team management after the match. The pressure was too much on me and I was being threatened for the next game also. I could not bear this and had to run away to England thereafter,” he added.
Zulqarnain is also not surprised by Umar Akmal’s three-year ban and stated that he should be given a life ban.
“No, it is not news to me. I am not at all surprised. In fact, these players should be banned for life. This I have been telling with my experience,” he maintained.