Abu Dhabi, May 7: The euphoria of winning the EurAsia Cup cricket series died down quickly when three Pakistan A players found themselves behind bars in Dubai for crossing speed limits while driving.
Misbah-ul-Haq, Taufeeq Umar and wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider landed in jail for getting a speeding ticket and had to spend almost three hours in the lock-up before local organisers came to their rescue, The News reported on Sunday.
The three were returning from Dubai on Saturday after shopping.
The team beat India A in the EurAsia Cup final by 36 runs on Friday to win the six-team competition.
"The boys had gone out for some shopping and while returning to Abu Dhabi their friend, who was driving, was hauled up for over-speeding by the traffic police," a team official told the newspaper.
"Since the police didn't know who they were, all four were taken to a local police station where they spent nearly three hours before being bailed out by local organisers who went to the station accompanied by manager Shafiq Ahmed Paapa and coach Rashid Khan," he said.
"It was nothing but a simple case of traffic violation in which our players were not even directly involved. They were released after due procedure of the traffic laws were followed by the policemen. The local organisers were very cooperative," the official said.
Each member of the Pakistan A squad will be richer by Rs 1 lakh.
The reward was announced by Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan, the Pak Tribune reported.