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Haider to have contract talks with Lashings

Haider to have contract talks with Lashings

The Lashings World XI regularly offers a haven to high-profile players with off-field problems.

London: Pakistan wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider will meet with an English village cricket club on Monday to discuss playing for the team next year.

The Lashings World XI regularly offers a haven to high-profile players with off-field problems, and said on Wednesday it now wants to recruit the man who is seeking political asylum in Britain after saying he had received death threats for refusing to fix matches.

Haider arrived in Britain last week after fleeing the Pakistan team hotel in Dubai, where the side had been playing a one-day series against South Africa.

Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif, who resisted pressure to fix matches, has played for Lashings in southeast England and helped put club chairman David Folb in touch with Haider and his lawyer.

"We're very optimistic that we can reach a deal," Folb said. "I've spoken to Zulqarnain's solicitor and his media people and I'm hoping we can agree a contact for the 2011 season."

Lashings also previously recruited Henry Olonga, the Zimbabwe bowler who protested against the political regime of Robert Mugabe. Olonga, who wore a black armband in a 2003 World Cup match to protest against the "death of democracy" in Zimbabwe, still plays for Lashings.

The village side also includes other, less-troubled former international cricketers such as Richie Richardson, of West Indies, England's Graeme Hick and Pakistan players Mohammad Akram and Azhar Mahmood.

The team of all-star veterans tours the country playing exhibition matches and working for charity.

first published:November 18, 2010, 12:07 IST