Former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Zulqarnain Haider slammed Umar Akmal and said that cricketers like Umar Akmal should be given a life ban.

While talking to foreign news channel, Zulqarnain said “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.”

Talking about Akmal, Zulqarnain Haider turned back the clock to a match against South Africa on November 2, 2010 at the Dubai Sports City (DSC). The Proteas won the game by a couple of runs and Haider said that Akmal, who was the drinks-man, asked him to under-perform with the bat.
“It was a very crucial match and when I was batting, Umar Akmal brought drinks for us and had told me to under-perform. His clear words were don’t bat efficiently. I had then clearly told him to only perform his drinks man duty. The matter was also brought to the team management after the match,” he stated.

“The pressure was too much on me and I was being threatened for the next game also. I could not bear this (pressure) and had to run away to England thereafter,” he added.

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