28 Apr 2011

Bookmakers confess to death threats made against Pakistani cricketer

7:39 am on 28 April 2011

Pakistani police have busted a gang of bookmakers who were behind death threats to cricketer Zulqarnain Haider.

The wicketkeeper fled the Pakistan team hotel in Dubai last November hours before a one-day international against South Africa.

He flew to London where he applied for asylum after saying that an unknown person had threatened him for not cooperating in fixing the one-day series.

Police say they have arrested eight bookmakers and some of them have confessed to the threatening calls made to Zulqarnain.

Police say the arrested men appeared to be deeply involved in gambling on international matches and they recovered

some ammunition.

Haider returned to Islamabad last week after getting reassurances from Pakistan's interior minister about his safety and security.