Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad is unhappy with India’s stand to not play Pakistan in bilateral series and has taken a huge dig at them. He has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board to boycott matches against India in all ICC events.
India’s Minister of Sports, Vijay Goel had earlier in the month of May, ruled out the possibility of India taking part in a bilateral series against Pakistan, as long as the threat of terrorism prevailed in Pakistan.
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“It is time we responded with bricks and stones. There is no need for us to play with India at any forum if they are not willing to restore bilateral ties. We should also boycott playing against them in all ICC events,” Miandad said.
Miandad made a point that taking such a stand would make ICC incur financial losses, which would eventually make them show more respect towards Pakistan.
“I think when we don’t play India in ICC events and the ICC suffers financial losses and their events lose significance and colour, only then we will be treated with respect and we will be heard on an equal level at any forum,” he said.
Miandad felt that there are better ways to use the money which the PCB has taken to the ICC disputes resolution committee for its compensation claim.
“The same money, 100 crores rupees or more, can be pumped into our cricket infrastructure because no one will listen to us as India is very influential and strong in the ICC level. I see it as a waste of time and money,” Miandad said.
The former captain said that Pakistan made a huge mistake by agreeing to play a bilateral series in India in 2012, as they got nothing out of their “good gesture.”
“We called it a good gesture but they took advantage of it and earned millions and in return we got nothing. And our failure to take a strong policy decision on ties with India has resulted in embarrassment for us many times,” he said.
“Boycott them in ICC events. Take a stance and see what will happen. We have nothing to lose,” Miandad added.
Although the history of India vs Pakistan has been full of controversies, the quality of cricket played in the matches has not deteriorated and it is nothing but favourable to the game of cricket, if the two nations start playing against each other on a more regular basis.