Karachi: Back in Pakistan after being in hiding for five months in UK, Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider on Monday justified his decision to abandon his team midway through a series last November citing death threats from match-fixers.
"I had a potentially growing career with the Pakistan team when I took the decision. No sensible person would sacrifice his career like this without any reason," Haider told reporters after a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Sports Minister Shaukatullah following his return to Islamabad on Monday.
"I had my reasons for doing what I did. I have conveyed my issues to the government now," he stated. Haider insisted that he decided to return from London and withdraw his application for asylum because of assurances given by Rehman Malik.