ISLAMABAD - Test-discard wicketkeeper batsman Zulqarnain Haider has requested Prime Minister Imran Khan and PCB chairman Ehsan Mani to provide him justice and order ZTBL to not only restore his job in the bank, but also allow him to play the domestic cricket.

Talking to The Nation, Zulqarnain said: “Cricket is my bread and butter and I not only served Pakistan, but also ZTBL for years. But unfortunately, I along with others are suffering at the hands of another former great Abdul Qadir, who without any reason, not only terminated my services, but also not ready to let me represent ZTBL. I am performing superbly at international leagues, as I won 5 man-of-the-match awards in American League, twice in Oman League, captained Lahore Qalandars Peshawar Chapter and made 87 runs in the first match, but I think all my performances and loyalties with Pakistan are too less to keep my job intact.”

He said he had faced life threats while his family gone through lot of pain, but he never bowed down to the pressure and never tried to betray Pakistan cricket team and the country. “I am running from post to pillar to get my job back. I am staying in Islamabad, daily visiting ZTBL office, meeting with different officials and they daily promise, but in reality nothing has happened.

“I don’t want to inflict miseries on the country by opting to take Supreme Court’s help, as our judiciary is providing justice to the deprived ones like me, but it will bring the sports into dispute. Even then I am being forced and I will take all my legal options and won’t sit back. If I am not given the justice, I will be left with no other option, but to stage sit-in outside Supreme Court and stage hunger strike till death, as my kids are struggling and I can’t wait and watch them starve,” he added.

Zulqarnain said he is super fit, doing fitness exercises daily, running for 5 to 10 kilometres daily and doing batting and wicket-keeping practice. Sarfraz is giving mixed results and Pakistan team badly needs an experienced campaigner like me, who may have vast experience and keenness to excel at the top. “I have requested PCB chairman Ehsan Mani for a meeting and he very kindly accepted my request. Former PCB chairman Najam Sethi didn’t like me and I was deprived of my due right of representing the country and department. Now I am very optimistic about getting proper chances in the national and departmental teams.”

About head coach Mickey Arthur’s approach regarding senior players, Zulqarnain said: “I am pretty sure that Mickey has vast cricketing knowledge and a clear vision. He will provide opportunities to the seniors and I will get the chance. My job is to perform and let the PCB and chief selector to decide.”

When asked whether PSL had helped Pakistan cricket or it spoiled the careers of many, Zulqarnain said: “The PSL has definitely help Pakistan cricket, as leagues play important role in development of the players, but professional players must adapt to the formats. Questioning Quiad Trophy format, he said the PCB must focus on four-day and one-day formats to help players settle down and adjust. “If given opportunity, I won’t let down team and country and I am ready to serve Pakistan cricket in the years’ to come,” Zulqarnain concluded.