Pakistan’s wicketkeeper batsman, Zulqarnain Haider, is playing tennis ball T20 leagues now-a-days in the United States alongside a job in banking sector.
Zulqarnain became the centre of attraction six years back when he escaped from the team hotel just before the fifth ODI of the series against South Africa.
The series between Pakistan and the Proteas was levelled at 2-2, just before the decider, Pakistan’s wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider was nowhere to be found. After few hours, it appeared that he reported at United Kingdom’s airport and sought asylum as he claimed that he was receiving life threats. However, UK rejected his plea.
He then returned to Pakistan and found a job in a bank. He also played cricket side-by-side for earning some extra money.
Now, he is looking to pursue a career in tennis ball cricket and also hoping that he can return to the national squad as the back-up wicketkeeper batsman.
He talked to Press Trust of India and said, “Tennis ball cricket can also be a career option.”
“One of my friends was a part of the organising committee so I played in the tournament.”
“The matches are completed in a short span of time and it is also lucrative also,” he added.
Talking about his recent bank job and leagues, he told, “The bank job has helped me.
“However, I recently went to the United States and played a few tournaments in Chicago, California and Washington. Two were T20 tournaments. So I am earning some money apart from the salary.”
“I can still come back to the national side as a second wicketkeeper-batsman,” he said. “I know Sarfraz [Ahmed] is doing a good job with both bat and glove, but I can still be the second choice.”
Zulqarnain Haider has no regrets about what happened in the past and he still maintains his opinion that he had issues with certain players.
“I have always maintained that I had specific issues with a few players,” he said. “But those with whom I had problems with are no longer playing for the national team.”