Pakistan board suspends Haider

CRICKET: The future of Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider was thrown into further doubt yesterday after the Pakistan Cricket Board suspended his central contract. Amid fresh suggestions that the 24-year-old had applied for asylum in Britain, the PCB took the step in response to Haider’s decision to leave Pakistan’s current series against South Africa early, claiming it represented a violation of his contract. A PCB statement read: “The PCB has suspended the contract of Mr Zulqarnain Haider for violating terms and conditions. PCB is trying to get in touch with Mr Haider but the attempts to contact him have so far remained unsuccessful.”