ISLAMABAD: Legendary batsman Javed Miandad, on Monday strongly criticising the statement of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Secretary Anurag Thakur, said this immature attitude was against the spirit of the game and needed to be mended.
“Our players also feel unsafe and uncomfortable playing against India in India but we always responded positively and were ready to play there (in India),” he remarked.
Miandad said many international teams had played against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and such a statement by the BCCI was just a childish excuse which would not serve political and cricketing relations between the two countries.
Miandad said, “Indo-Pak series is a must for the people of the sub-continent, even bigger than the Ashes played between Australia and England and it must happen,” he said.
He hoped that an intervention at higher level by Indian authorities would resolve the issue.
It is pertinent to mention here that Miandad’s reaction came after the BCCI Secretary’s statement in which he had said, “Cricket cannot be played when the security and peace of our nation is affected. Playing sports is a different thing, but our internal security is important”.
Thakur had also said, “If you talk about cricket with Pakistan, we must understand that life of every Indian is very important to us.
“As I see my responsibility as BCCI secretary, as a parliamentarian, life of every Indian is very important to me. It’s not only about cricket, it’s about my country.”
When contacted, a PCB official said at present the board had nothing to say on the BCCI’s statement.